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Wales household food waste levels lowest in the UK

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Household food waste levels in Wales are lower than anywhere else in the UK.

A report, by recycling charity WRAP, shows a decrease of 12% in the amount of waste in Wales - just over 9kg per person, per year.

Overall food waste reduced by 24,000 tonnes between 2009 and 2015, equivalent to around £70 million a year worth of food not ending up as waste.

However, in 2015, Wales still threw away more than 300,000 tonnes of household food waste.

£13b
of food waste thrown away in the UK in 2015
£550m
of 'avoidable' household food waste in Wales in 2015

WRAP say the levels of waste in Wales are 'significantly lower' than the rest of the UK - around 9%.

The charity suggest that levels are so low here because Wales has lower income levels than the rest of the UK, has 'more widespread and better use' of separate food waste collections, and has different approaches to reducing food waste than other areas of the UK. They also say it could be a combination of these.

Good progress has been made by industry to tackle food and packaging waste in the supply chain and it goes to show the achievements that can be made through working together with partners across the UK.

But we all have a role to play and despite a million-tonne fall in domestic food waste since 2007, there is clearly more we need to do.

– Thérèse Coffey, Environment Minister