The rise of food poverty
The rising levels of food poverty in the UK highlight the need for immediate action. Over 20,00,000 meals were distributed throughout 2013/14 through the three main food distributors. This was a 54% increase on 2012/13. As food prices rise rapidly, it becomes even more vital that we prevent as much food from being thrown away as possible.
Source: Trussell Trust
How much food waste do festivals generate?
Using EighthPlate’s research in conjunction with these figures, we can estimate the total food waste produced annually by the UK festival industry.
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of food is wasted at festivals each year
meals go to waste from festivals annually
FESTIVAL FOOD WASTE IN PICTURES
The cost to the environment
Gathering and saving this food is beneficial on many levels. We don’t just create an opportunity to give the surplus food to vulnerable people who need it the most. We also prevent it from ending up in landfill, and therefore reduce carbon emissions.
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The bottom line
Recycling is another great opportunity to help dispose of waste, but the large amount of packaging associated with food makes it a difficult and lengthy process. This coupled with rising landfill costs means it’s much more sensible to redistribute food rather than recycle it.
For all these reasons EighthPlate believes that the redistribution of food waste across the festival industry should be seen as vital as recycling plastics and cardboard.
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