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Average household wastes £356 of food a year, says new study

New research has shown that the average UK household throws away £355.68 worth of food very year, totalling £9.7bn across the country.

Savings site VoucherCodes.co.uk conducted a study of 2,000 UK adults, which found the average cost of food wasted in UK households was £6.84 every week.

Food production is one of the largest carbon emitting industries in the UK, and food waste decomposes into methane when it rots - an even more harmful greenhouse gas.

80% of 18-34 year olds admitted to throwing away food each week, however nearly half of over 55s (47%) proudly state they never throw food out.

London and Newcastle are the waste capitals of the UK; Londoners admit to throwing away £10.09 of food on average per week, more than anywhere else in the country, while people from Newcastle are the most likely to throw food out (71%).

The study also found that a third of Brits (33%) do a ‘big’ shop once a week – costing £53.01 per household on average – and 56% also top up with fresh food between shops, spending a further £14.92 over the course of the week.

A spokesperson from Olio, the app that combats food waste, said: “The amount of food waste thrown away by UK households is truly staggering, and dwarfs the amount of food thrown away by retail stores.

“We launched OLIO to tackle this insanity, and we do this via our free app which connects neighbours to share their spare food rather than bin it.

“Food waste is also a massive problem in the events industry, and this is why we launched our Food Waste Heroes Programme which connects volunteers with local events so that they can collect and redistribute the unserved food via the app.”