Food waste is still a massive problem in the Netherlands. About a third of the total produced food ends up in the trash can. Consumers are the biggest culprit, accounting for 42 percent of the waste. Each consumer throws away 41 kilograms of food per year. Bread is the most wasted product in the Netherlands. Every day 800 thousand loaves find their way into the trash, Nieuwsuur reports.
The average Netherlands resident tossed about 41 kilograms of food into trash bins last year, which translates to a 15% decrease in food waste from 2010. That year people still threw away 48 kilos of food, according to research commissioned by the Economic Affairs and Infrastructure & Environment ministries in the Netherlands.
Dutch hospitals can lower their food waste by half by switching to a more modern way of supplying food for patients, according to a study by Wagenignen University that compared the way hospitals in the Netherlands provide food to their patients for the first time, NOS reports.
Hospitals that cook food for their patients in a traditional way - with a kitchen staff that cooks the food fresh each day - have about 40 percent of their hot meals end up iin the trash, according to the study. In hospitals that use a more modern way, that is about 50 percent less.
Dutch people still throw away an average of 135 kilograms of food per person a year. That brings the total food waste for the Netherlands to a total of about 2 billion kilograms per year, which means that the government's goal of reducing food waste by 20 percent was not reached
A new app just launched in Amsterdam solves restaurants' problem of what to do with left over food and late night eaters' problem of where to find something to eat. With ResQ restaurants can sell leftover food at reduced prices after closing time.
In the fight against food waste, supermarket Plus in Winterswijk started making ready-to-eat meals with supermarket products that are nearing their expiry date. And this anti-waste method is very popular
Doggy-bags are slowly gaining popularity in the Netherlands, with nearly 1 and 5 Dutch people having asked for a doggy-bag more often over this past year. Half of the Dutch population also became more aware about the amount of food that they throw away. Yet restaurants still through away about 51 thousand tons of food - roughly equal to 77 million hot meals.
More and more Dutch people are doing more to reduce food waste in their homes, like eating less meat and not throwing away leftovers.
The Netherlands and Sweden want to scrap expiration dates for certain food products.
Despite the crisis and the fact that more than half of the world has not enough food, more food ends up as garbage in the Netherlands. This was reported on Tuesday evening by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The consumers are responsible for the majority of the food waste. Comparing to 2009, an astonishing 6 to 60 kg more food was wasted per person in 2011.