Food Waste Spikes in the U.K. as Lockdown Restrictions Lifted
(Bloomberg) -- The amount of food wasted by British households has returned to pre-pandemic levels as the reopening of the economy means families backtrack on food-saving habits and opt for more take-away meals.
Three in 10 U.K. citizens are classified as “high food wasters,” up from 20% in April 2020, according to the latest survey by WRAP, a charity promoting environmental sustainability and recycling. The spike in reported food waste coincided with lockdown restrictions easing in June and July, it said Monday.
That’s a reversal of last year’s trend when positive behaviors like planning, batch cooking and freezing led to a 43% drop in food waste. Now these good habits are at risk as people face the return of time pressures while replacing food with more take-outs.
“The return of busy lifestyles means we are falling back into our old ways,” Sarah Clayton, WRAP’s head of citizen behavior change, said in a statement. “After the shocking news from the IPCC this month, it is imperative we remember that wasting food feeds climate change and most food waste happens in the home.”
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