All about food waste
All about food waste

Food waste refers to food that is uneaten and to be disposed of. In Britain and the United States, one fourth of food (mostly salad) goes directly into the rubbish bin.

It is worse in Hong Kong. Food waste constitutes the largest category (one-third) of municipal solid waste (including domestic, commercial and industrial waste) produced by Hong Kong people. Due to the large volume, it is expected that food waste will fill up our landfills in a few years.



What is food waste?

Food waste is present everywhere in our daily lives: leftovers, from chicken bones to fruit peels whatever you imagine, it can be found in houses, restaurants, supermarkets, food plants, hotels, banquets etc.

According to a report issued by a British organization, food waste can be categorized into:

Avoidable – food and drink thrown away that was, at some point prior to disposal, edible (e.g. slice of bread, apples, meat).


Possibly avoidable – food and drink that some people eat and others do not (e.g. bread crusts), or that can be eaten when a food is prepared in one way but not in another (e.g. potato skins).


Unavoidable – waste arising from food or drink preparation that is not, and has not been, edible under normal circumstances (e.g. meat bones, egg shells, pineapple skin).


(1)The Economist, 26/2/2011

(2) Household Food and Drink Waste in the UK :
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