Love Food Hate WastePublished Tuesday, 5th June 2018
Following on from last year’s successful campaign, residents in South Yorkshire will again be encouraged make the most of food and save money as part of a national campaign to cut down on food waste.
Food waste reduction charity WRAP aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help us take action through its Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
It shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things we can all throw away less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too.
Across the UK, a staggering 7.3 million tonnes of food waste is thrown away each year – the equivalent of £60 a month per household - at a cost to UK householders of £13 billion a year.
South Yorkshire’s BDR (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham) Waste Partnership aims to support the campaign and help individuals, organisations and businesses with dozens of events being held across the three towns throughout the summer.
Initiatives will include information events at supermarkets and community buildings, and giveaways including recipe cards, reusable shopping bags and rice scoops.
Residents will be asked to sign a pledge card to reduce food waste, promote the idea to friends and family on social media, and in return will receive top tips and recipes. They can also share their own top tips for storing food, using leftovers and making less waste.
Community Education Liaison Officer, Abi Cox, based at BDR’s waste treatment facility at Manvers, said that after last year’s campaign, the amount of food waste thrown away in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham was reduced by 7 per cent.
“This is a great result, but it still means that 33 per cent, or almost a third, of our leftover household waste is made up of food most of which need not have been thrown away. The residents of BDR have made a massive reduction in food waste over the last year but there is still more that we can all do.
“This avoidable food waste, which at some point could have been eaten, amounts to 27,500 tonnes a year across BDR – the equivalent of £60 per household,” she said.
“We know that most people don’t like waste and throwing food in the bin, and we hope this campaign will help us all re-think how we shop, plan our meals better and use up leftovers. Together we have and can continue to make a big difference.
“There will always be some food waste, that is inevitable, and this should be composted or wrapped before being disposed of in bins.”
Watch out for the LFHW events in your area starting on 19 June and please come and have a chat with us.
Everyone can get involved using #LoveFoodHateWaste, and follow the campaign on twitter @WasteLessSYorks and on Facebook @ WLSYorks
The BDR Waste Partnership is made up of partnership between Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils and 3SE, a consortium of Renewi (formerly Shanks) an international waste-to-product business and SSE, one of the UK’s leading energy companies.