Did You Know?
Did you know that food waste can cause as much damage to the environment as single use plastic? When throwing away food we are disposing of all the energy that has gone into producing, processing and transporting it.
Food that is thrown away ends up in landfill, where it breaks down and releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide.
Domestic households produce the majority of food waste, more than restaurants, hotels and supermarkets. On average just under three quarters of all food waste comes from household, much of which is still edible.
If your council offers a food waste collection service, it will end up a food waste recycling facility. Here it is turned into electric energy using a process called anaerobic digestion. One banana peel produced enough electricity to charge a smartphone – twice!
For those that do not have a food waste collection service, you could always help reduce the amount of waste that end up in landfill by producing your own compost. For further details click here.
Food waste collections
In the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Norwich City Council and some parts of Broadland District Council, households can have their separated food waste collected each week.
For further information about this service please click here.
The Food Savvy team aims to help households cut food waste through a number of initiatives. This includes tips on how to save money, planning and shopping smart, storage hacks, leftover recipes, Food Savvy Champions and the Food Savvy Challenge.
For further details please click here.
Love Food Hate Waste
Food waste is a major issue. In the UK we throw away 6.5 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes a year, of which 4.5 million tonnes could have been eaten.
Wasting this food costs an average households £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £60 a month! And it’s bad for the environment too.
There are two main reasons why we throw away good food: we cook or prepare too much or we don’t use it in time.
The foods we waste the most are fresh vegetables and salad, drink, fresh fruit, and bakery items such as bread and cakes.
For further information, recipe ideas and tips for reducing your food waste please visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.