Austrians throw away 60 kilos of food per household per year

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Every Austrian throws an average of 60 kilograms of perfectly good food in the trash.

That’s the equivalent of 500 curd cheese golaches ending up in the trash. On Wednesday Too Good To Go, an initiative against food waste, drew attention to this. In austria, about one million tons of surplus food per year land in the garbage. For half of the avoidable food waste (521,000 tons), households are responsible, Too Good To Go referred to the result of a study by WWF from the previous year. “Most of the food waste happens at home in Austria. It is often difficult to plan accurately. We have high expectations of what food should look like in order to eat it,” Georg Strasser, Country Manager of Too Good To Go, pointed out. At the same time, he said, there are “very many good options for leftovers and leftover food.”

According to a survey of Too Good To Go users (1,555 participants), 36 percent prefer to process surplus food and leftovers into new dishes. 31 percent don’t necessarily rely on the best-before date and sometimes use expired goods anyway. 21 percent rely on a meal plan to avoid food waste. Twelve percent recommend sharing leftover food with friends or neighbors.

Too Good To Go says it is the world’s largest app against food waste. The app allows businesses to sell their surplus food to self-pickup customers at a discounted price. Details at https://toogoodtogo.at/de-at

  • source: k.at/picture: pixabay.com
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