Still-edible food waste in Japan decreased in fiscal 2018

Japan Times -- Apr 28
Japan discarded an estimated 6 million tons of still-edible food in fiscal 2018, down 120,000 tons from the previous year amid growing public awareness of the need to reduce food waste, government data showed Tuesday.

It was the lowest figure since comparable data became available in fiscal 2012 and came as the government continues to urge businesses and households to cut food waste to realize the goal of halving the amount from fiscal 2000 to 4.89 million tons by fiscal 2030. Japan's fiscal year begins in April.

The Environment Ministry attributed the drop to a "greater awareness" among households of the need to reduce food waste.

Still-edible waste from households fell 80,000 tons to 2.76 million tons, while that from food-related business operators including restaurants and convenience stores decreased by 40,000 tons to 3.24 million tons in the reporting year.

Total food waste, including waste produced during processing such as egg shells and fish bones, fell to 25.31 million tons from 25.50 million tons the previous year, of which 17.65 million tons was dumped by business operators and 7.66 million tons by households.

- Japan Times