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Irish Households Throw Out €700 Worth Of Food Annually: EPA

By Donna Ahern
Irish Households Throw Out €700 Worth Of Food Annually: EPA

Irish householders throw out €700 worth of food on average every year, a new campaign called Stop Food Waste: Make the Most of It, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows.

The EPA awareness campaign, will run throughout the week and will highlight 'food waste issues and encouraging everyone to make the most of their food'.

“Many people have resolved to be a little greener this year and tackling your food waste is a good place to start. If every day each of us tries to reduce the amount of waste we dispose of, this has the potential to have a real impact.” Odile Le Bolloch from the EPA said.

The campaign includes providing practical tips to 'make the most of our food.'

Le Bolloch added: “Reducing food waste offers simple and no cost actions that anyone can take. You don’t need to invest in expensive equipment before you start reaping the benefits. Remember, when it comes to reducing food waste you can stop throwing your money away!”


“Though the individual amounts may seem small, when added up the total volume of food waste produced in Ireland every year adds up to over 1 million tonnes. Some of the most common types of food we throw away include meat and fish, dairy products, bread, and fruit and vegetables.”

A-Z of Foods

Stop Food Waste has developed an A-Z of Foods that provides 'ingredient specific tips' to make the most of these common food items that often go to waste such as information about buying, storing, freezing, cooking and using up foods – from Apples to Yoghurt.

“Raising awareness about the common foods that people throw away and the good habits people can adopt to reduce food waste in their homes is important." Denis Naughten, The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment,  said,

"This week’s campaign is urging people to make the most of their food will not only show people how they can reduce their weekly shopping bills, it will have an impact on reducing food waste disposal underpinning our ongoing commitment to reducing household waste.”

© 2018 - Checkout Magazine by Donna Ahern

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