£470 million is the value of wine poured down British sinks every year. Yes I did type wine, it's not an error.
The figure has been collated for the Waste and Resource Action Programme (Wrap) advisers to the Government, which is urging people to freeze leftover wine and use it in cooking sauces and casseroles as part of the campaign to cut the nation's footprint.
Now there are two issues here for me. Firstly how do these Wrap people measure this waste? Are people standing in sewers every evening catching samples?
Secondly, hasn't the government's message for the past year or so been we're all drinking too much? Now it seems we're pouring too much of the stuff down the drain. Certainly in this household it's never been known for good wine to be poured anywhere but down a throat - maybe that's somewhat unusual if Wraps figures are anything to go by.
The analysis also shows that the cost of waste food and liquid in the average household has risen to £50 a month, a significant increase on the £35 a month calculated in last year's report. Who throws £50 of food and drink away a month? I certainly don't know anyone with so little sense.
A Wrap director said, "We need to encourage people to use up leftover liquids in the same way as food. It is perfectly acceptable to freeze and reuse custard and soup."
We are actually paying these people to give this advice. I'll give some for free. Keep a spare litre of milk (preferably semi-skimmed) in the freezer for emergencies. It freezes well and can be defrosted in the microwave if necessary. I'm off to top up my glass.