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Erratum published on 25 May 2021, see Foods 2021, 10(6), 1191.
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An Analysis of Food Waste in Czech Households—A Contribution to the International Reporting Effort

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Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic
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Environment Centre, Charles University, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic
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Faculty of Science, Charles University, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic
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Academic Editor: Apostolos Vantarakis
Foods 2021, 10(4), 875; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10040875
Received: 19 March 2021 / Revised: 9 April 2021 / Accepted: 14 April 2021 / Published: 16 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Food Security and Sustainability)
Food waste originating in households in the Czech Republic is an important but unknown issue. Due to the country’s membership among the most developed economies (European Union, OECD) and its commitments towards UN Sustainable Development Goals, the government must, inter alia, significantly reduce household food waste. However, reliable data and indicators based on internationally agreed approaches and methods have been missing so far. This article brings original results from a survey comprising over 400 Czech households based on the kitchen diaries method showing that, on average, surveyed households discarded 2.6 kg (1.1 kg per capita) weekly. After extrapolation, the total food waste was estimated to be 135.7 kg per household or 57.1 kg per capita annually. Half of the total food waste from surveyed households was thrown into municipal bins for mixed waste. Despite a relatively low total food waste stream, its disposal needs substantial improvement to meet national and international regulations as well as sustainability criteria. View Full-Text
Keywords: food waste; household waste; waste monitoring; kitchen diaries; sustainable development; Czech Republic food waste; household waste; waste monitoring; kitchen diaries; sustainable development; Czech Republic
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Nováková, P.; Hák, T.; Janoušková, S. An Analysis of Food Waste in Czech Households—A Contribution to the International Reporting Effort. Foods 2021, 10, 875. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10040875

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Nováková P, Hák T, Janoušková S. An Analysis of Food Waste in Czech Households—A Contribution to the International Reporting Effort. Foods. 2021; 10(4):875. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10040875

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Nováková, Petra, Tomáš Hák, and Svatava Janoušková. 2021. "An Analysis of Food Waste in Czech Households—A Contribution to the International Reporting Effort" Foods 10, no. 4: 875. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10040875

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