On average, each household in Ireland throws away about €700 worth of avoidable food waste each year. This translates into about one third of each weekly shop never reaching the table. On a national level, we dump half a million tonnes of food annually.
Reasons so much of our food gets binned include over-buying, incorrect storage, failure to use food before it expires and sometimes a lack of cooking skills. Wasting food is also a waste of the energy, water, land and labour that has gone into the production and distribution of that food.
The cost of wasting food is not restricted to our pockets and our resources, however. There is an important, but often hidden, environmental price to pay for wasting food.