Drop in Scotland’s food waste praised




New figures released today have shown that households in Scotland have saved over £92 million per year by avoiding unnecessary purchases on food.

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead revealed today that avoidable food waste across Scotland has reduced by almost 8% since 2009.

Globally, over 2 billion tonnes of waste is thrown away every year, with Scotland contributing over £1.4 billion to that figure.

Mr Lochhead said “Household food waste in Scotland has decreased by an estimated 37,000 tonnes per year – 5.7% overall – since 2009, with a reduction of 7.7% overall , or 30,000 tonnes per year, in avoidable food waste. This reduction has saved households across Scotland a staggering £92 million a year.”

Mr Lochhead is planning to set up a food waste target, the first one to be introduced in Europe.

He added “I intend to introduce a food waste target that I believe will be the first such target in Europe. It will place Scotland at the forefront of tackling global food waste, together with the United States which recently announced a target to reduce food waste by 50 per cent by 2030.”

The Cabinet Secretary will deliver his proposal for the new waste target later on in the year in his circular economic strategy.



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