Food Waste Monitor 2018 published
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Food Waste Monitor 2018 published

  • 01 September 2020

The per capita food waste in the Netherlands in 2018 is no more, but also no less, than in 2017. This is evident from the update of the Food Waste Monitor, published on 1 September 2020 by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research.

In recent years, the Netherlands has invested a great deal of energy in raising awareness among the business community and consumers. In 2018, for example, the Foundation Together to Combat Food Waste was established, to which almost 100 different parties have now joined forces to work together to prevent and reduce food waste. However, it is still too early to see the effect of this in the figures. What is certain is that the Foundation Together Against Food Waste has yielded a number of promising initiatives, including the Waste-Free Week that started on Tuesday 1 September.

Amount of waste and assumptions

Per capita waste in the food chain in 2018 was between 96 and 149 kilograms. An exact figure cannot be given because data on the proportion of food in waste streams were not always available. Therefore, a number of assumptions have been made about the minimum and maximum amount of food per waste stream.

Click here for the Food Waste Monitor 2018 (Dutch only)

Source: Wageningen Food & Biobased Research