A new food waste campaign has been launched across Scotland to help cut carbon emissions and save householders money.
According to the Scottish Government, one-fifth of the food and drink that is bought ends up being thrown away and avoidable food waste costs the average household around £430 a year. Reducing what is binned could save householders around £35 per month.
It also creates greenhouse gas emissions and costs the public a total of around £1 billion. Cutting this waste could help cut carbon emissions equivalent to taking one in five cars off the roads.
Scotland has aimed for a 42% cut in carbon emissions by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050. This includes a ban on food waste from landfill, which is expected to help reduce emissions and reach the targets.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, who launched the campaign yesterday said: “The new food waste reduction campaign aims to benefit everyone by providing practical help and advice. It seeks to empower everyone to shop smarter, waste less, save more and help create a greener, cleaner Scotland now and for the future.”
The Scottish Government claims reducing food waste is seven times better for the environment than any recycling option.