Posted June 28th, 2018 by Fruidel Team
UK food waste – the figures
In the UK people are throwing away £13bn of food each year, latest figures show. Waste and recycling advisory body says 4.4m tonnes of household food waste thrown away in 2015 could have been eaten. Of the food thrown away, 4.4m tonnes was deemed to be “avoidable” waste that was edible at some point before it was put in the bin, compared with 4.2m tonnes in 2012. The rest were scraps that could not be eaten such as meat bones, eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds, apple cores and fruit and vegetable peelings.
Reducing food waste and the cost of the weekly shop
People are becoming more conscious of food waste and many families are working towards a better approach to food consumption within the household. The average UK family weekly shop comes in at £53.20 and since 2009 the average food waste per person is 12%, but despite this improvement specialists think there is much more we can do. Some families choose to plan meals for the week so you don’t ever buy anything that your don’t eat. This has proven a great way of reducing food waste the cost of the weekly shop.
Fruit waste – could supermarkets do more?
Fruit and vegetable waste from farms ‘could feed population of Birmingham or Manchester for a year’, says environmental charity. Report suggests supermarkets play key role in driving overproduction and food waste.
Fruit and vegetable farmers responding to a feedback survey reported they wasted up to 37,000 tonnes of produce every year – around 16 per cent of their crop. This quantity would be enough to provide 250,000 people with their recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day for a year.
Sainsbury’s is one supermarket who have recognised their part in driving food waste on the farms in their supply chain – and work with their suppliers to reduce this waste. Sainsbury’s has been conducting a pilot study involving an entire town of Swadlincote in Derbyshire, where it regularly checks householders’ bins while trialling new technology such as smart fridges and food-sharing apps to monitor and help reduce waste in the future. This experiment is a great plan to tackle food waste and government officials are keen for other leading industry companies to follow the lead.
Fruidel – helping the community and reducing waste
Fruidel recycle 90% of all fruit waste with everything going to food bank charity organisations, for those in need of a little help.
Fruidel Eco-friendly Solutions
Low emissions on all vans with AdBlue – We use AdBlue which is fed into the exhaust of all our vans, reacting with the nitrogen oxide gas produced by the combustion process, breaking it down into harmless nitrogen and oxygen. We are aware that emission levels in cities throughout the UK are at dangerous levels in certain areas. We are doing everything possible to keep green and lower C02 emissions.
Bio-degradable – Fruidel ensure that all brown paper and plastic bags are bio-degradable. The environmental impact of cheap plastics is the damaging planet with 500 times more pieces of micro-plastic in the sea than there are stars in our galaxy and by 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish. Fruidel are joining the fight against this catastrophic environmental issue by being proactive in all areas of the business to keep green and save the planet.
The Guardian (2017) and The Independent (2017).