Local MP Jo Swinson is directing local residents towards resources that can help them cut down on food waste following yesterday's publication of the report Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not.
The report, which claims that as much as half the world's food is never consumed, blames poor storage, strict sell-by dates, bulk offers and consumer fussiness for the problem.
Every year in Scotland the average person throws away 120 kilograms of food. This figure translates to £430 wasted annually per household.
Commenting Jo Swinson said:
"In Scotland we throw away 566,000 tonnes of food every year. That's a staggering amount, enough to fill Hampden more than 11 times.
"Following a few simple tips can help all of us bring this number down.
"Cutting back on food waste can also save the average family here in East Dunbartonshire £430 per year.
"Planning your meals for the week, and writing a list so you don't shop for things you already have, will help keep more money in your pocket. For more tips visit http://scotland.lovefoodhatewaste.com to find out about reducing the amount of food you throw away and how to get more out of your weekly shop."
- The report by the Institute for Mechanical Engineers can be found herehttp://www.imeche.org/Libraries/Reports/IMechE_Global_Food_Report.sflb.ashx