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The potential for reducing avoidable food waste arisings from domestic households

The potential for reducing avoidable food waste arisings from domestic households
The potential for reducing avoidable food waste arisings from domestic households
Unconsumed food has environmental impacts via both the resources used in food production and its disposal. Ideally, householders would generate only unavoidable food waste such as preparation residues and peelings. Reducing avoidable food needs underpinning evidence to ensure that initiatives to alter householders’ behaviour deliver their intended outcomes. The aim of this work was to better understand means to reduce avoidable food waste by establishing where attention should be focused, and whether campaigns to change householders’ behaviour should focus on the financial or environmental impacts of food waste. Analysis of food waste composition in relation to households’ economic status was combined with field trials of interventions, which established that (1) interventions had negligible impacts on food waste composition, and (2) most avoidable food waste comprises fruit, vegetables, bread, and prepared meals. The focus for initiatives to reduce food waste is thus clear, but the potential for information-based campaigns to reduce food waste appears limited
9788862650311
Paper 073
CISA Publisher
Smith, M.M.
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Shaw, P.J.
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Williams, I.D.
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Smith, M.M., Shaw, P.J. and Williams, I.D. (2014) The potential for reducing avoidable food waste arisings from domestic households. In Proceedings of SUM 2014 – Second Symposium on Urban Mining. CISA Publisher. Paper 073 .

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Abstract

Unconsumed food has environmental impacts via both the resources used in food production and its disposal. Ideally, householders would generate only unavoidable food waste such as preparation residues and peelings. Reducing avoidable food needs underpinning evidence to ensure that initiatives to alter householders’ behaviour deliver their intended outcomes. The aim of this work was to better understand means to reduce avoidable food waste by establishing where attention should be focused, and whether campaigns to change householders’ behaviour should focus on the financial or environmental impacts of food waste. Analysis of food waste composition in relation to households’ economic status was combined with field trials of interventions, which established that (1) interventions had negligible impacts on food waste composition, and (2) most avoidable food waste comprises fruit, vegetables, bread, and prepared meals. The focus for initiatives to reduce food waste is thus clear, but the potential for information-based campaigns to reduce food waste appears limited

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Published date: May 2014
Venue - Dates: SUM 2014 – Second Symposium on Urban Mining, Italy, 2014-05-19 - 2014-05-21
Organisations: Centre for Environmental Science

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Local EPrints ID: 365224
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/365224
ISBN: 9788862650311
PURE UUID: 719dbf4b-9a9a-44c3-ab7f-a6454592d5d0
ORCID for I.D. Williams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0121-1219

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Date deposited: 30 May 2014 09:20
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:42

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Author: M.M. Smith
Author: P.J. Shaw
Author: I.D. Williams ORCID iD

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