Food Waste and Miles

Food Waste and Miles

How does Food waste impact Climate Change

Food waste alone causes 10% of green house gasses.

In Scotland alone, 600,000 tonnes of food waste goes to land fill each year.

Rotting food generates methane which traps heat and increases temperature, over the long term methane is 72 times worse than CO2 for global warming.

Processing and Transporting food generates its own Carbon footprint

It’s costing us a fortune. Time to do something about it!

Food Waste: Greener Scotland

Food waste is a tragic waste of resources and has a large and damaging impact on climate change so what can we do to make a difference?

There’s a huge opportunity for all of us to cut what we spend at the checkout by simply saving more of the food we buy from the bin... it’s a lot easier than you might think

Grow Food Locally

We can grow food locally in a way which protects our communities and environment. Growing food locally not only saves money, helps to slow down global warming and deforestation, it reduces the amount of food that ends up in the bin so you can say goodbye to unnecessary packaging waste.


We can compost what food waste we do have to use in our Learn and Grow spaces for futures crops. Turning less food into rubbish can make a real difference to the world around us and that’s something we can all get on board with. If we all make a few small changes like using up all the food we buy, together we can make a big difference.


By using up what you buy and you could save your household £38 a month. For a family of four, you could be saving as much as £60 each month. Throwing good food away costs the average person in Scotland around £200 a year, and the average household £460.

Help and resources are available via the

Love Food Hate Waste Scotland

You can obtain food waste monitoring toolkit for schools from. Monitoring toolkit for schools | Zero Waste Scotland -

West Dunbartonshire Environmental Projects

We are establishing a new award for our schools to come with innovate ways to reduce food waste.