Households chuck out uneaten food worth £6.84 each week on average, totalling £355.68 a year, according to a poll of 2,000 people. The typical household spent £53.01 on its main weekly shop and £14.92 on “top-ups”, the survey commissioned by VoucherCodes.co.uk found. Londoners were the worst offenders, wasting more than £10 of food a week on average.
Newcastle folk were the most likely to throw food out.
Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of FareShare, which diverts surplus from the food industry to 10,000 charities and community groups, believes all nutritious food should be used to help society’s poorest.
She said: “We estimate that 270,000 tons of food goes to waste within the industry each year, equivalent to 650 million meals.
“Yet at the same time one in eight people in the UK, about eight million, struggles to afford to eat.
“FareShare provides a solution to the problem of food waste by using surplus food for social good.
“But currently we’re only accessing six per cent of food surplus in the industry, so there is huge scope and real need for us to do more.”
She added: “There are lots of ways people can help to reduce food waste, including only buying items you really need and freezing leftovers.
“You can save food from waste by getting it to people who really need it in your local community.”
But the research holds out hope for Britain as a nation of savvy shoppers.
More than half of those questioned said they write a list in advance so they are not tempted by extra items.
More than a third revealed they head straight to the clearance aisle to look for bargains.
Millennials aged 20 to 35 proved the most organised at planning, with 29 per cent knowing what their main meals will be for the next week, as opposed to 16 per cent of those aged 55 and over. Read more