UK food waste ‘drops by around a third during coronavirus lockdown’

A new survey conducted by WRAP shows waste levels across ‘key products’ such as potatoes, bread, milk and chicken have fallen by 34% since the start of the quarantine period

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Food waste across four key products – potatoes, bread, milk and chicken – has dropped by around 34% since the start of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown.

That’s according to a new survey of more than 4,000 participants conducted by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which suggests households have adopted a range of new ‘food-smart behaviours’ and have created significantly less food waste during the stay-at-home period.

The poll reveals nearly a third of UK consumers are cooking more creatively during the lockdown, while 30% have started saving leftovers to eat the next day, rather than binning them.

The report also reveals 63% of people are going to the shops less, 59% are choosing to buy more when they do and nearly half are actively checking their cupboards more often before shopping.