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Food Waste Reduction

Reducing household food waste can help the environment because there's less waste going to landfill but it can also save money on food bills.

How to reduce your food waste

In Scotland, householders throw away around 566,000 tonnes of food every year.  Most of this is food that was still safe to eat when it was thrown in the general waste bin.  If everyone stopped throwing away still-edible food, it would save the same amount of carbon as taking 1 in 5 cars off British roads. 

The average Perth & Kinross household fills one third of their general waste bin with food waste - and most of that food is still edible.

There are lots of ways to reduce avoidable food waste, including by planning the food shop, storing food best so that it lasts longest and finding recipes to use up all the ingredients in the kitchen, so that householders can save money on food shopping and help to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.   

Unavoidable food waste - such as vegetable peelings, fruit cores, used tea bags and used coffee grounds - can be recycled (without a garden waste permit) in the kerbside brown bin or composted at home so that it doesn't go to landfill.  

Contact details

Waste and recycling

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476