Islanders are throwing away up to a staggering 20,000 tons of food every year, according to the Consumer Council.

The amount equates to 1lb of food per person per week.

The mountain of wasted food comes from hotels, supermarkets and private households. Senator Alan Breckon, the chairman of the Consumer Council, said that the figures contained in his latest newsletter came from the States transport and technical services department, which carries out the refuse collections. Between 17,500 tons and 20,000 tons of food is thrown away each year.

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