Love Food Hate Waste


The average Scottish household spends £430 per year on food and drink that is thrown out!

Take our survey to see where you're at with food waste.

If we stopped wasting all this food, we could prevent the equivalent of 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year in Scotland. This is the same as taking 1 in 5 cars off the road.

When the food waste gets to the landfill site it gives off methane as it decomposes. Methane is a powerful green house gas (x25 worse than CO2), so reducing your food waste is a great way to contribute to fighting climate change as well as saving yourself money.

So Rowan is encouraging households to reduce the amount of food they throw out. To help stop food waste try the pdf of our food waste diary. Here is an online form if you prefer not to use paper!

Although composting or feeding pets your food waste stops it going into your bin, it is still b

etter not to have the waste in the first place, given the amount of resources used to grow and transport food to your home.

Reduce your food waste

  • Check the fridge & cupboards before you shop – eat what you’ve already got!  
  • Only buy and cook as much as you can eat. 
  • Freeze leftovers
  • Check ‘use by’ dates regularly. 
  • Measure out food before you cook. 
  • Buy loose fruit and veg- buy just what you need and save packaging too.
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