Food waste – Genevans still waste too much food

A survey shows that 80% of food found in household trash could be consumed.

This waste of food is not without consequences for the environment,

Pierre Abensur

A three-day expired yogurt. A tomato that is a little too soft. Leftovers that we no longer want to cook. Around 80% of the food thrown away by Geneva households could be consumed instead of ending up in the trash. In addition to its unnecessary cost to the consumer, this waste of food has an impact on the environment, as shown by a study recently carried out by the Cantonal Office for the Environment (OCEV).

This was based on the analysis of the composition of household garbage carried out by the Geology, Soils and Waste Service (GESDEC) in 2019 to calculate the environmental impact of kitchen scraps. Its verdict: 18% of household waste produced by Genevans is wasted food. Each year, some 40,000 tonnes of products almost intact or in their original packaging are thus incinerated. For example, over 7,000 tonnes of still-packaged food was thrown away in 2018. Inevitable food waste – chicken bones, peelings, pits, inedible parts – only accounts for 4% of all trash in a household.

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