Cut food waste, save money and help the environment

In Scotland we’re wasting a fifth of the food we buy every year – most of which could have been avoided.

Not only does wasting food cost money but it’s also bad for the environment. Every year we throw away 630,000 tonnes of food and drink, costing us over £1billion annually.

A new Scottish Government campaign is encouraging people across the country to reduce their food waste, to help save cash and the environment. By making a few small changes to cut your food waste you could save on average around £470 a year – which is an average of £40 a month.

When we throw away food that could have been eaten, most of it rots in landfill which creates methane a harmful greenhouse gas, and carbon dioxide – both of which contribute to climate change. Methane is around 25 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide and avoidable food waste produces the equivalent of 1.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

Avoiding food waste in the first place is ten times better for the environment but recycling food also helps to cut greenhouse gases. So, if you do have food you have to throw away, the message is clear - recycle it using your local food waste collection service where possible or you compost it.

For more information on food recycling and food waste collections go to