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Facts about food waste

In Wales, a third of our waste is food waste, a third of which is out of date.

A large percentage of the food we throw away is food that we never use and leave in the fridge. That’s over 800,000 tonnes of waste in the UK at a cost of an estimated £2.2 million per year in food.

Recycling food waste has a major part to play in terms of diverting waste away from landfill which has a significant environmental and financial impact, this is just as important as recycling glass, plastic and paper. When waste such as food and green waste is put in landfill it biodegrades, which has a serious impact on the environment. For example:

  • methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas, is released into the atmosphere as a result of the biodegrading. Therefore contributing towards global warming.
  • a liquid form of leachate, which can affect the surrounding plants and animal life or  remains in the ground can cause future damage. If leachate gets into the rivers and lakes it reduces the amount of oxygen in them, poisoning the ecosystem.
  • using landfill as a way of disposing of waste is unsustainable and therefore other more sustainable methods, such as recycling needs to be used

Therefore by separating food waste and recycling it, you will be dramatically reducing the amount of waste going into landfill and also contributing towards making Anglesey a cleaner and greener place to live.

Contact Highways and Waste Management

Sustainable Development Directorate
Isle of Anglesey County Council
Council Offices
LL77 7TW
Tel: General enquiries: 01248 752860
For General enquiries please use the Waste Management General Enquiry Form
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