Love Food Hate Waste

Here in Wales we throw away around 400,000 tonnes of good food and drink each year – that’s about £12 billion or £50 a month for the average family! There are two main reasons why we throw away good food: we cook or prepare too much or we don't use it in time and it goes past its ‘use by’ date or goes off.

But there are lots of things you can do differently to reduce your food waste such as buying the right amounts, storing and freezing foods so that they last longer and making more use of leftovers.

The Love Food Hate Waste campaign provides simple practical advice to reduce food waste; from planning your meals to working out portion sizes, understanding date labels and recipe ideas for leftovers.

Why is food waste a problem?

If food waste goes to landfill, as it breaks down it gives off methane which is a very harmful greenhouse gas.
Rainwater in the soil also mixes with the food to produce a liquid known as leachate. This potentially hazardous substance has to be stopped from seeping into natural groundwater. We spend thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money each year draining, transporting and treating this liquid waste.

Food waste collections

It is important we all avoid food waste where possible but some will be inevitable e.g. bones, shell, fruit and vegetable peelings. Some of this can be composted at home, but for everything that’s left we provide a free weekly food waste recycling collection.

Page updated on: 14/02/2018