Household food waste on rise as pandemic restrictions ease

Sumary of Household food waste on rise as pandemic restrictions ease:

  • Household food waste in the UK has risen as Covid restrictions have eased, according to a Wrap survey.
  • The latest UK Food Trends Survey, spearheaded by Wrap’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign, showed that food waste in British homes has bounced back to pre-lockdown levels as people spend more time outside.
  • Waste levels fell last year after people adopted more positive food management tactics during the lockdowns.
  • But food waste in July 2021 was on par with pre-pandemic levels at 19.7%, the Love Food Hate Waste study showed.
  • “One of the few positives of this extraordinary time has been people taking up new habits that prevent food from going to waste,” said Wrap head of citizen behaviour change Sarah Clayton.
  • ” From November 2019 to April 2020, there was a self-reported sharp drop of 43% in food waste across four key products – bread, chicken, milk and potatoes.

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