Every year, each Icelander disposes of 510 kilograms of rubbish. One sixth of this amount is food products.
Farmers’ Weekly, Baendabladid, quotes Cornelius Aar Meijles, environmental engineer, who argues that each Icelanders throws away 82 kilograms of food in an average year. Half of this food is believed to be fit for human consumption at the time of its disposal.
Similar statistics from Norway indicate that each Norwegian throws away 90 kilograms of food every year. Among the possible explanations are said to be lesser consumption of leftovers and recipes in cookbooks that are too large. The biggest factor is believed to be food spoilage from supermarkets, especially meat.