Scots Wasting Millions of Pounds by Throwing Away Equivalent of 26m Burgers Every Year

April 7, 2016

The equivalent of 26 million beef burgers are thrown away every year across Scotland, the organisation Zero Waste Scotland has revealed as part of a new campaign aimed at encouraging Scots to limit the scale of meat they chuck away on a regular basis.

Launching its Love Food Hate Waste, the campaign group has highlighted the fact that while so many Scots love eating beef, a huge amount of what’s bought around the country ends up being discarded rather than enjoyed.

With this in mind, Zero Waste Scotland is now encouraging members of the public to visit its Love Food Hate Waste website, which has tips and ideas on how to make the most of whatever meat we buy as consumers.

The organisation wants to see food waste reduced right across Scotland, partly for environmental reasons but also because so many of us could be saving ourselves some significant sums of money each month if we wasted less of the food products we buy.

“Our research has shown that despite our love of beef in Scotland, we still throw away millions of pounds worth every year, with an equivalent weight of 26 million burgers, or the weight of 13 million steaks, in Scotland,” said Ylva Haglund, Zero Waste Scotland campaign manager.

The Love Food Hate Waste campaign has been launched by Zero Waste Scotland alongside Ayrshire-based beef farmers and the butchery brand ‘We hae meat’.

According to the people behind the campaign, some 22,000 tonnes worth of beef, lamb, pork and poultry products are thrown away every year in Scotland, with that amount of meat estimated to be worth around £140 million.

It’s thought that reducing avoidable food waste could save every Scottish household as much as £460 each on an annual basis.

“By speaking to your local butcher, on the high street or in a supermarket, you can make sure you buy the best type and quality of beef to suit your needs, get advice about preparation and storage, and ensure you get the best value for money,” said Carlyn Paton from ‘We hae meat’.

“We think the Love Food Hate Waste campaign is a great idea and we’re right behind it,” she said.

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