Food Waste Diary
Welcome to the Love Food Hate Waste diary!
Good luck and have fun!
Every year in the UK
households are throwing
around 7.2 million tonnes
of food and drink.
Of course some of it is peelings, cores and bones, but
most of it is, or once was perfectly good food.
Wasted food has a big impact on climate change. Most
of it ends up in landfill sites where it rots and releases
methane a damaging green house gas. The food we
throw away is also a huge waste of the energy, water
and packaging used in its production, transportation and
storage.
This diary will help you understand more about the food
you are throwing away in your home; the types of foods
you are throwing away, when you’re throwing it away,
and why.
The diary is based over a period of seven days, although
you can keep it for a shorter or longer period.
Filling in the Diary
Each day record the foods that you
throw away after each meal and at
other times of the day, such as in-
between meals or after clearing out
your cupboards, fridge or freezer.
Note down;
What food you are throwing
away e.g. cereal, toast, ham
sandwich, apple, chicken, pasta
How much you are throwing
away e.g. handful, ¼ a bowl, a
packet, ½ a plate, a bag, whole
item, peelings
Where you are throwing the
food away e.g. normal waste
bin, compost bin, council food
waste collection, fed to pet
Why you are throwing the food
away e.g. gone past use-by
date, cooked too much, served
too much, looks or smells bad
Or if you haven’t had to throw
away any food why e.g. eaten
out, skipped the meal, saved the
leftovers, no food waste
Once you’ve completed the diary…
Look back over your diary and try to find ways where you might be able to reduce your food
waste
Take a look at the tips at the back of the diary and visit lovefoodhatewaste.com for lots more
tips, ideas and recipes to help you reduce your food waste
Why not repeat the diary after a while to see how successful you have been in reducing your
food waste
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: cereal ¼ bowl council food waste
collection
served too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: sandwich ½ kitchen bin at work didn’t have time to eat
Day 1:
BREAKFAST : What food did you throw away from breakfast?
Lunch : What food did you throw away from Lunch?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
Dinner : What food did you throw away from Dinner?
Other : What other food have you thrown away today?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: pasta couple of handfuls
left
council food waste
collection
cooked too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: chicken packet kitchen bin out of date
Day 1:
Day 2:
BREAKFAST : What food did you throw away from breakfast?
Lunch : What food did you throw away from Lunch?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: cereal ¼ bowl council food waste
collection
served too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: sandwich ½ kitchen bin at work didn’t have time to eat
Day 2:
Dinner : What food did you throw away from Dinner?
Other : What other food have you thrown away today?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: pasta couple of handfuls
left
council food waste
collection
cooked too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: chicken packet kitchen bin out of date
Day 3:
BREAKFAST : What food did you throw away from breakfast?
Lunch : What food did you throw away from Lunch?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: cereal ¼ bowl council food waste
collection
served too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: sandwich ½ kitchen bin at work didn’t have time to eat
Day 3:
Dinner : What food did you throw away from Dinner?
Other : What other food have you thrown away today?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: pasta couple of handfuls
left
council food waste
collection
cooked too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: chicken packet kitchen bin out of date
Day 4:
BREAKFAST : What food did you throw away from breakfast?
Lunch : What food did you throw away from Lunch?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: cereal ¼ bowl council food waste
collection
served too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: sandwich ½ kitchen bin at work didn’t have time to eat
Day 4:
Dinner : What food did you throw away from Dinner?
Other : What other food have you thrown away today?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: pasta couple of handfuls
left
council food waste
collection
cooked too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: chicken packet kitchen bin out of date
Day 5:
BREAKFAST : What food did you throw away from breakfast?
Lunch : What food did you throw away from Lunch?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: cereal ¼ bowl council food waste
collection
served too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: sandwich ½ kitchen bin at work didn’t have time to eat
Day 5:
Dinner : What food did you throw away from Dinner?
Other : What other food have you thrown away today?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: pasta couple of handfuls
left
council food waste
collection
cooked too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: chicken packet kitchen bin out of date
Day 6:
BREAKFAST : What food did you throw away from breakfast?
Lunch : What food did you throw away from Lunch?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: cereal ¼ bowl council food waste
collection
served too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: sandwich ½ kitchen bin at work didn’t have time to eat
Day 6:
Dinner : What food did you throw away from Dinner?
Other : What other food have you thrown away today?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: pasta couple of handfuls
left
council food waste
collection
cooked too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: chicken packet kitchen bin out of date
Day 7:
BREAKFAST : What food did you throw away from breakfast?
Lunch : What food did you throw away from Lunch?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: cereal ¼ bowl council food waste
collection
served too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: sandwich ½ kitchen bin at work didn’t have time to eat
Day 7:
Dinner : What food did you throw away from Dinner?
Other : What other food have you thrown away today?
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
If table is left blank state why: No food waste: Meal eaten out: Meal skipped:
Other:
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: pasta couple of handfuls
left
council food waste
collection
cooked too much
What? How Much? Where? Why?
eg: chicken packet kitchen bin out of date
Top Tips & Ideas
Plan Ahead
A great way to save time and money is to check what’s in
the cupboard, fridge and freezer and plan your meals for
the week ahead, that way you’ll know what you need to
buy before you go shopping.
Know your dates
Foods can be eaten or frozen right up to the end of the
‘use-by’ date. ‘Best before’ dates are for quality so foods
can be eaten after this date but may not be at their best –
eggs being the exception.
Savvy Storage
Knowing the best way to store your food will help you
make the most of it. Most of your fruit and vegetables will
keep fresher for longer stored in the fridge. Leftovers will be
good for up to two days kept in the fridge well wrapped.
And don’t forget to wrap or store in air tight containers
fresh foods once opened.
Perfect Portions
Remove the guesswork when it comes to portioning. A
mug of uncooked rice is enough for four adults. Kitchen
scales are great for measuring exact portions. And use a
spaghetti measurer to avoid cooking too much spaghetti
Lovely Leftovers
Being creative with leftovers is a clever way to make the
most of your food. Sundays roast leftovers can be used in
many dishes from cheeky curries to cracking risottos.
For more handy tips and recipes to help reduce
food waste, visit lovefoodhatewaste.com
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