Concerned about food waste in your household?

Aiming to showcase the small actions we can all take in our homes, stores and towns to make a collective global impact, SuperValu have launched a campaign entitled, ‘Take Local Action, Make Global Impact’.

Research commissioned by the company as part of their campaign, shows that more than four in five Irish people are concerned about the level of food waste in their household, and 94% of homes are throwing food out. 

Ireland generated a massive 753,000 tonnes of food waste in 2021 according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), of which 29% is from households amounting to a whopping 44kg of food waste per person on an annual basis. Food waste costs the average Irish household about €700 per year. New research commissioned by SuperValu reveals 82% of people in Ireland are concerned about food waste in their household and 80% of those would like to reduce their food waste.

Spoilage, expiration and overbuying are the three most common reasons for food waste in Irish households according to this research. SuperValu is demonstrating as part of their new campaign, Take Local Action, Make Global Impact, how collectively small lifestyle changes can lead to bigger global impacts – that includes the way we shop, store and use food to help reduce food waste.

While most people are making a conscious effort to reduce their food waste, only 44% said they do a weekly meal plan, 36% said they portion correctly and only 32% regularly use leftovers. 


Along with food waste, people living in Ireland produce more than 14 million tonnes of general waste every year in their homes, places of work and through leisure activities.  SuperValu’s research shows that when people are unsure of how to recycle an item 74% dispose of it in the general waste disposal bin (i.e. black bin ) and only one in five people always read the recycling labels on the packaging  before binning their rubbish.

The research also shows that a lack of awareness is causing an issue for recycling as the main barriers to recycling packaging correctly is confusion about how to treat mixed packaging materials, contamination of recyclables with other waste such as food and inconsistent recycling guidelines.

As part of the campaign, SuperValu have identified some local actions that can make a global impact and are on a mission to help customers build some of these actions into their daily routines.


Cut food waste – meal planners and recipes, hack and tips; Recycle as much as possible and recycle correctly;

Bring your reusable cup; Grow your own veg – from the garden to the windowsill; Shop local and Irish and in season; One meat free day per week; Give 1 hour each week to your local Tidy Towns group; Take action by being more inclusive in your local GAA clubs and community.

For more information on the initiative, go to