UK households waste the equivalent of £12.5 billion of good food and drink each year. This costs the average family with children around £700 a year, or up to £60 a month.
There’s a huge opportunity for us to cut what we spend by saving more of the food we buy. We can do this by making sure we eat it in time, knowing how much food to prepare and knowing what we can do with our leftovers.
Wasting food and drink is a waste of money. It’s also a waste of the energy and natural resources which went into food production, storage, preparation, packaging and transport of that food.
If we stop throwing good food away, we could save as much in carbon emissions as we would by taking 25% of cars off UK roads.
From this year, our (free!) Garden Recycling Scheme will let you recycle food waste alongside your grass, leaves, and flowers. Find out more and register on our Garden Recycling Scheme webpage.
Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) is a national initiative to try to address the issue of food waste. Here are a few of their suggestions:
A great place to start is to keep a food waste diary. Write down every bit of food you throw away, noting why you had to chuck it instead of using it up. This will help you spot which foods you waste more than others, and make you think twice about what you buy next time you do a food shop.
Download this Love Food Hate Waste - food diary if you want to give it a try.
Remember, your freezer is your best tool for tackling food waste! The majority of foods can be frozen right up to their 'use by' date so you can use them later on.
If you've got some veggies that you know you won't use in time, for example, chop them up ready to cook and freeze them. That way, you can grab a handful at a time and use them all up rather than throwing any away.
Why not try Olio? Olio connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. Visit the Olio website to find out more or download the app on Google Play or the App Store to get started!