Food Waste

The average person wastes around £200 in food each year, rising to £700 for a family with children. 

An amazing 660,000 tonnes of bread is thrown away in the UK each year, of which 82% could have been avoided if it was better stored e.g. put into the freezer or the right amount purchased.

More than 80% of food waste is avoidable. The main reasons for throwing away food are:

  • cooking or preparing too much
  • forgetting to freeze or chill food to use later
  • forgetting what food is in the cupboards


There are lots of recipes available on the Love Food Hate Waste website to help you use up your leftovers.

To find out how by making the most of the food you buy, watch a video from WasteAware, a partnership between Hertfordshire County Council and the county’s 10 district and borough councils. It aims to help residents reduce their food waste and save money through four simple steps: plan ahead, store correctly, cook what you need and recycle what you can’t eat.

For more information and to view the video please visit the Hertfordshire County Council website.