Each year, about 7 million tonnes of food and drink is wasted by UK homes, and more than half of that could have been consumed. Wasting this food costs the average household £470 a year, rising to nearly £700 for a family with children – the equivalent of around £60 a month. As if this cost is not enough, you then pay again to treat the waste – 70% is picked up by the local authority and the rest is poured down the drain. Food waste makes up around 15% by weight of all household waste in Somerset. Most of this waste occurs through cooking and preparing too much or not using food in time. People are getting more food wise, but there is still more that we can do to make better use of food and save money too. We throw away more food from our homes than packaging in the UK every year. If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.