Reducing food waste

Love Food Hate Waste - reducing food waste 350x350UK 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.  

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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:

  • Plan ahead. Shopping without a plan or a list means we may be tempted to buy more than we need - in other words, food that could end up in the bin. Check your fridge, freezer and store cupboard and check what you need. Then before you go shopping think about what meals you can make and write a shopping list so you don’t buy things you already have.
  • Know your dates. Check the dates on items in your fridge and move items into the freezer if you don’t think you’ll have time to eat or cook them.
  • Savvy storage. View our A-Z of food storage for tips and advice.
  • Perfect portions. Reduce the amount of food you waste by measuring out your perfect portion. For instance, a mug full of rice will serve four adults. Check out LFHW's Portion Planner for more help getting your helpings just the right size.
  • Love your leftovers. The Love Food Hate Waste website helps you to find recipes for your leftovers. 

Love Food Hate Waste - food waste statisticsWhat else can I do to reduce food waste?

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.


Contact details

Post address:
Waste Management, 15 Stores Road, Derby, DE21 4BD