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Landfill

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his estimate is of the amount of food waste that goes to landfill each year. (258004)

The DEFRA-funded Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) does not have data for the total amount of food waste that goes to landfill every year.

However, WRAP undertook research in 2007 to quantify the amounts and types of household food waste produced in the UK. According to its report, “The Food We Waste”, UK households waste 6.7 million tonnes of food every year: around one third of the 21.7 million tonnes we purchase.