Food Waste Stats


In Hong Kong:

  • Food accounts for a third of all solid waste in Hong Kong
  • 3,200 tonnes of food are sent to landfill every day
  • The volume of food waste has doubled in the last 5 years
  • The remaining capacities of Hong Kong’s three landfills will be exhausted in 2014, 2016 and 2018

Source: Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (2011-2012)

Food waste is also an issue around the world:

  • Globally, one-third of the food produced for human consumption is lost, about 1.3 billion tonnes
  • 10% of developed countries’ greenhouse gas emissions come from growing food that is never eaten
  • An estimated 20 to 40% of UK fruit and vegetables are rejected before they reach the shops, mostly because they do not match the supermarkets’ strict cosmetic standards
  • In North America and Oceania, 50 percent of the fish and seafood caught is wasted
  • According to the UK’s Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP), if we stopped wasting food that could be eaten, it would be equivalent to taking one in five cars off the road

Source: Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal by Tristram Stuart (2009)


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