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How much food in Luxembourg ends up in the bin? That's a question this study aimed to answer, covering the four areas of private households, wholesale trade, canteens and the horeca sector.
Overall, Luxembourg produces 70,800 tons of food waste per year, which translates to roughly 118kg per resident. The figure has increased by 3,000 tons compared to 2016, representing a 3.8% rise.
A large share of this waste, 53,270 tons, is derived from private households. This means that each person out of 602,000 residents throws away 88.5kg of food, 23.5kg of which is said to be avoidable.
The percentage of preventable food waste has decreased by 37%, however. From a financial perspective, this preventable food waste is worth €75.50 for each resident, resulting in €46.5 million of wasted food.
In larger kitchens, including canteens, hospitals, schools and care homes, 7,100 tons are wasted each year, translating to 12kg per resident. 9.6kg of waste per resident is avoidable here.
With regards to wholesale trade, most products thrown away are those past their "use-by" dates. This adds up to 5,510 tons a year.
Avoidable food waste includes leftovers such as bread, pasta, rice, vegetables, fruit, meats and packed items.
Further information, as well as a short video, can be found here.