Refuse collectors around the country have started to report drastic increases in the amount of food waste being collected from households as the hundreds of thousands of people who panic bought items begin to throw away the food they never even needed.
One of the lasting images of the COVID-19 outbreak will be pictures of irrational people fighting over food in supermarkets which they could have bought/had delivered at any time.
Because there has never actually been a threat to the supply of our food, other than the threat posed owing to people hoarding items just because they saw other people doing the same thing on social media.
And even though the government and food retailers told people not to panic-buy (because there was no need to), thousands of shoppers went into a zombie-like frenzy as they scooped up anything and everything they could lay their hands on.
And now, it would seem, most of them not only wasted their time and money but wasted tonnes of fresh produce.
One refuge collector said:
“In the past two weeks, we have seen a 30% increase in Food Waste collected from households.
“The additional weight is mainly fresh food that has gone out of date and was never even touched, some still in wrappers”.
So while those of us who resisted the urge to become overnight professional hoarders still have an extra couple of quid in our bank accounts, the individuals who decided to fill their fridges with fresh produce they never even needed will probably be kicking themselves right now.
But it was always a simple matter of common sense; nobody needed to panic buy because the shops weren’t running out of the items which the panic buyers were buying.
It was the panic buyers themselves who were creating the problem in the first place!
And now, tonnes of fresh produce are needlessly thrown away as their sell-by dates are rapidly approaching.
Common sense could have prevented the situation from arising.
But it would appear that common sense is rarer than toilet paper. But at least toilet paper doesn’t have a ‘wipe by’ date.
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