Don’t let food waste your cash or planet

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 Scots over £1 billion 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 – the equivalent of £40 a month.

Environment secretary Richard Lochhead MSP said: “If we all play our part in reducing the amount of food we waste, we’ll save money and help create a greener, cleaner Scotland for everyone.

“We can all go greener together by doing our bit.

“All it takes is making a few small changes to the way we shop and making an effort to recycle the food we can’t use.

“Before long it will have a big effect on our environment and our pockets.”

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 global 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.

If we used up all the food and drink we currely waste, it would cut carbon emissions equal to taking one in four cars off Scotland’s roads.

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