How much packaging waste is created each year in the UK?
Around 30 million tonnes of household waste is generated in the UK every year, of which 5.9 million tonnes is packaging.
The chart below shows that packaging makes up less than 3% of all waste from UK households, commerce and industry combined that goes to landfill. Over half of packaging waste is recycled or composted.
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How much food waste is created each year in the UK?
In the UK, an estimated 6.7 million tonnes of household food waste is produced, which is greater than the 5.9 million tonnes of packaging waste produced in the UK.
According to the Love Food Hate Waste campaign "wasting food costs the average family £420 a year".
"If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road."