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Irish consumers throw out 30 per cent of food bought in supermarkets, costing each household more than €1,000 a year. While most Irish people have a lot less money this year than they did three years ago, shrinking pay packets do not appear to have changed the one habit many people have that could save them thousands of euro each year: wasting food.Irish restaurants will throw out a staggering €125 million worth of food this year, or more than €2.5 million every single week. All told, 63,670 tonnes of food waste makes its way uneaten into our bins from our restaurants. Now if you find it hard to imagine what 63,670 tonnes actually looks like, it might be easier if we said it was the equivalent of 7,959 double-decker buses. The waste does not stop there. There is also the 30 per cent of food bought in our supermarkets that we throw out because it has gone off or we have gone
off the idea of eating it. All of us have a role to play and need to take responsibility. We simply have to waste less.” Sorting out the problem isn’t difficult, and there’s a lot of useful advice available on such websites as stopfoodwaste.ie and lovefoodhatewaste.com to help
you out. Ultimately, however, it boils down to smart shopping, clever cooking and shrewd storage.