Food waste (2)

MQT on 2017-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2017
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How much food is wasted in London each year, in tonnes and cost? If possible, can you provide these figures by year since 2010?


Answer for Food waste (2)

Answer for Food waste (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Based on national food waste estimates provided by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) (1), it is estimated that London produces around 1.5 – 1.75 million tonnes of food waste each year with a value of £2.55bn. Most of this waste goes to landfill or incineration costing around £150m - £175m (2) per year.


I am unable to provide yearly figures on food waste as no official food waste arising datasets exist. This is because there are no requirements on food waste producers to report this information. I am working with Defra, WRAP and the waste industry to advise on a new national waste data tool for the waste industry to report all municipal waste collected and managed, including food waste.