WHY

FACT: Every day in the UK we throw away:

1.4 million bananas
1.2 million tomatoes
5.8 million potatoes
20 million slices of bread
800 tons of milk

[Source: Too Good To Go]

For you and your family
The average household throws away £720 worth of food a year. The cost savings are a great starting point in getting your family or your housemates on board, and helping them to understand the benefits of being part of a less wasteful, more sustainable future.

Throwing less food away is something you can do together as a household, discovering all sorts of interesting new recipes that use things that might otherwise end up in the bin. Love Food Hate Waste has some great ideas, and you’ll find tips and tricks in our HOW section.

Source: GENeco

For your city
We’re lucky to have the brown bin food waste collection across most of Bristol, as there are still lots of places in the country that don’t have any form of food recycling at all. Once you’re an expert at reducing your waste, you can put the unavoidable bits such as tea leaves, veg trimmings, egg shells and meat bones in your brown bin, and Bristol Waste will do amazing things with it …

The brown bin collection is taken to GENeco in Avonmouth, where it is processed by an ‘anaerobic digester’, which acts like a giant stomach and turns the food waste into methane-rich biogas. This is used to generate electricity and gas for 6,500 homes in Bristol. The plastic and compostable bags you use to line your caddy are removed and incinerated to produce sustainable electricity for Bristol homes, and the solid by-product of the anaerobic process is used as fertiliser for farms.

For our planet
The food we waste really adds up: almost half of all fruits and veg are wasted along the supply chain, while one third of all fish and seafood that’s caught never even makes it to our plate. Globally, the amount of meat we waste adds up to 12 billion animals: an extraordinary number of living creatures born and reared, just to be wasted.

And it’s not just food being wasted: the production of one burger uses as much water as a hundred showers, whilst one litre of milk needs 1000 litres of water for the cow and the feed the cow eats.

Food waste creates between 6% and 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions (depending on the source, from Our World In Data to WWF ) – about as much as all the world’s road transport.

If we work together, we can change this story!
Find out how you can play your part by heading to our HOW section.


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