EPA press release- Ireland is wasting over one million meals a day

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Newly released figures from the Environmental Protection Agency have shown that over 750,000 tonnes of food waste was generated in Ireland in 2022. These figures have also shown that there has been no significant increase or decrease in food waste since the first 3 years of national reporting (2020, 2021, 2022).

According to these new figures 70% of the 750,000 tonnes of food waste generated in this country came from businesses and industries across the food supply chain. Households made up 30% of the food waste generated.  

Speaking about these new figures, David Flynn, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Sustainability said,  

As a nation, Ireland is wasting too much food – over one million meals a day – which is a significant resource and economic loss. With 70 per cent of food waste generated by food & drink businesses across the supply chain, there is a clear obligation on this sector to focus on preventing food waste. Signing up to the EPA’s Food Waste Charter is a positive statement that your business is serious about taking action to measure and reduce food waste. 

Unavoidable food waste should be segregated for recycling. Waste collectors are required to provide an organic waste bin so all businesses should now have a 3-bin system in place.” 

On the costs of food waste for Irish households and the need for greater roll out of food waste collection, Warren Phelan, Programme Manager, EPA Circular Economy said,  

“Waste collectors are obliged to provide their household customers with a food waste collection service since January 2024. Greater coverage and rollout of the organic waste bin is key to segregating food waste and increasing recycling through composting and anaerobic digestion. 

Food waste costs households an average of €700 per year. Knowing the food you waste is the first step to prevent waste at home and the EPA’s Stop Food Waste programme provides lots of practical information to support householders.” 

 

 

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