What is food waste?

Food waste is any kind of food that ends up in the garbage bin.

There are two main kinds of food waste: avoidable food waste and unavoidable food waste.

 

Avoidable Food Waste

This is food that is thrown out that could have been eaten. This includes excess leftovers, food that is past its ‘use by’ or ‘best before’ date, or food that has gone off or mouldy.

This also includes a lot of foods which many people throw away which are actually full of nutrients and can be a great ingredient in a delicious meal – such as broccoli stalks and some vegetable peels and leaves.

Check out our Smart Cooking guide to get the most out of your food.

 

Unavoidable Food Waste

This is food that is thrown out that could not have been eaten. This includes foods such as egg shells, bones, fruit and vegetable pips and stones, tea bags and coffee grounds.

Even though these foods aren’t edible for us, they can be delicious food for worms! Check out our Smart Composting guide for ideas to reduce your unavoidable food waste.