Over 8 million tonnes of food is consumed in London per year. The city’s population of 8.7 million residents is projected to rise to over 10 million within 20 years, adding more than a million tonnes to consumption every year.
London households throw away an estimated 900,000 tonnes of food each year, of which 540,000 tonnes could have been eaten. Not only is this environmentally damaging but it’s a huge waste of money for consumers, local authorities and businesses.
It costs consumers £1.4 billion per year to purchase the food and drink thrown away in London, generating the equivalent of 2.1 million tonnes of CO2e emissions . The cost to London Boroughs of reprocessing/disposing of this food waste is estimated at over £50 million per annum. In London, 23 of the 33 Boroughs currently collect food waste.
Related Consumer Campaigns
Love Food Hate Waste
Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help us take action. It shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too.
Recycle for London
The Recycle for London is a consumer campaign which aims to encourage Londoners to recycle everything they can, no matter where they are in the capital. It is a sister campaign to the Recycle Now national recycling campaign for England, covering household dry recycling and food waste collections.
Courtauld 2025 is an ambitious ten-year voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the food system – from producer to consumer – to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.