Food waste per capita


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Source: Waste and Resource Action Programme

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Footnote: 2009 Retail figures, 2011 Manufacturing and 2011 Hospitality and foodservice used as part of the 2007 12.3 baseline year totals

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Food waste per capita

Indicator description

UK food waste in Kg per capita.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

“Food” is any substance—whether processed, semi-processed, or raw—that is intended for human consumption. “Inedible parts” are components associated with a food that, in a particular food supply chain, are not intended to be consumed by humans.

Available disaggregations


Other information

SDG 12.3 aims to reduce food loss and waste. Current UK data is for food waste.

Hospitality and Food Services data are a modelled result, based on changes in the number and types of hospitality and food service sites, and the assumption that food waste per site has remained constant since 2011. Currently there is not a data source to enable a UK-level estimate for food waste from this sector to be robustly estimated.

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 08 October 2021
Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

(a) Food loss index and (b) food waste index

Target name

By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Environment (UNEP)

Link to UN metadata United Nations Sustainable Development Goals metadata for target 12.3 opens in a new window

Waste and Resource Action Programme



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage


Link to data source UK progress against Courtauld 2025 targets and UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 opens in a new window
Release date 24 January 2020
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Statistical classification


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Other information

2009 Retail figures, 2011 Manufacturing and 2011 Hospitality and foodservice used as part of the 2007 12.3 baseline year totals