Fruit and vegetable waste clogs landfills

Apr 09, 2008

About 4.4 million uneaten apples are being thrown away each day in Britain, creating a mountain of landfill waste, a report reveals.

The Waste and Resources Action Program has started a "Love Food Hate Waste" campaign to reduce the amount of food being wasted in British homes, the agency said Monday in a news release.

The report said a third of all food purchased each year in Britain gets thrown in the garbage even though it could have been eaten, with fruit and vegetables making up 40 percent of the 6.7 million tons of food waste. The agency said apples, potatoes, bananas, tomatoes and oranges are the produce items most often thrown away.

Reducing food waste could cut carbon dioxide by 15 million tons each year, equivalent to taking one in five cars off the road, The Times of London reported.

"These dramatic figures show that although we are all keen to do the right thing buying plenty of fruit and vegetables, the benefit is clearly being lost when food gets thrown out untouched," WRAP official Liz Goodwin said in a statement.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

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nilbud
1 / 5 (1) Apr 09, 2008
They're guessing that 1/3 of all food is thrown out so the simplest solution is to guess a lower amount. Shazam only 1/6 of all food is now thrown out. That was easy.
moebiex
not rated yet Apr 10, 2008
if one can assume 5% of that = volatile solids and that each pound of VS produces 20 cu ft of biogas, I think those numbers work out to about 1.07 billion cubic ft of biogas or perhaps 700 million cu. ft of CH4 per year. Add in other carbon sources within the garbage stream- probably a factor of what? - 5, to arrive a 3.5 B cu ft of methane per year, every year - is that not an attractive resource?

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