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Italians throw away less after New Year's dinner

'200 million euros in food and drink spared from landfill'

02 January, 12:19
Italians throw away less after New Year's dinner (ANSA) - Rome, January 2 - An estimated 200 million euros in food and drink were spared from the landfill in Italy this New Year's Eve thanks to recession-weary Italians being more mindful than in years past to avoid waste, farmers' association Coldiretti said Thursday. Nearly seven in 10 Italians celebrated the holiday at home Tuesday, 73% of whom cut down on spending, according to a survey. Some 26% of respondents said meal portions were smaller than in the past, while another 56% said they planned to save their leftovers. "Saving leftovers is a choice that helps the economy and the environment," said Coldiretti in a statement. In total, the farmers' group said Italians spent 1.9 billion euros on food, down 5% on the year. Nevertheless, some 80 million bottles of sparkling wine were uncorked, 6.5 million kilos of traditional cotechino pork sausage consumed, and 10 million kilos of lentils gobbled up, Coldiretti estimated.

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