About 1.8 million tons of food waste is produced annually in Hungary. A significant proportion of this – about one third – is produced in households. According to the results of national research, it means 68 kg per person, annually, and nearly half of it could have been avoidable. Although this amount lags behind some extremely wasting countries, it still accounts for a major part of Hungarian customers’ baskets. Altogether we have to count with 300 000 tonnes of biodegradable waste, which has a serious impact on our environment, considering not only its destruction but the process of production, as well.

Recognizing the problem, the National Food Chain Safety Office (NFCSO/NÉBIH) started its ’Wasteless’ programme with the financial support of the European Union’s LIFE (L’Instrument Financier pour l’Environnement) sub-programme, with the aim to decrease the amount of Hungarian food wasted. While determining the aims of the programme, the thematic priorities of the 7th Environmental Action Programme of the European Union were applied.


Thus the main objectives of the project are the following:

  1. Decreasing the proportion of food waste among Hungarian families, through changing consumers’ attitude and behavioral patterns
  2. Increasing the food waste and food wastage awareness and the level of knowledge of children attending primary school
  3. Collecting good practices which contribute to the prevention of generating food waste, and based on that, elaborating a guide book for the concerned food chain participants
  4. Collaboration and cooperation with other EU member states, in order to contribute to the international implementation of the project’s results.


Main project information

Project reference LIFE15 GIE/HU/001048

The actor responsible for the initiative: National Food Chain Safety Office of Hungary

Type of actor responsible for the initiative: National authority

The main type of stakeholder targeted: Households, pupils, catering, retail, food industry

Country: Hungary

Geographical level of implementation: National


Duration 07 JUL 2016 to 30 JUN 2020; + 5 years After-LIFE period

Total budget: 964,468.00 €

EU contribution: 578,680.00 €