Residents urged to work together to reduce food waste

Wealden District Council are joining the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign, as part of this year’s World Food Day.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of how food waste has an impact on the environment. 4.5 million tonnes of edible food is thrown away each year across the country. This costs the average household £540. Alongside the financial impact, there are also resources used to make the food that contribute to rising CO2 emissions.

Some advice on how to reduce food waste:

  • Try writing a shopping list and sticking to it to avoid impulse buys
  • Check the temperature of your fridge is set at the optimum level to preserve food
  • Check the date labels and be clear which are expiry dates and which are best before.

Visit www.wealden.gov.uk for more advice.

Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden Cabinet member with responsibility for waste management, said, “The average Wealden household rubbish bin contains 39.6% food waste. If everyone in the UK stops throwing away unused food for just one day, it could create the same positive benefits for climate change as planting over half a million trees.

Let’s all work together in Wealden to cut down on food waste, not just today but for the days to come. We can reduce our impact on the environment and save money on our food bills.”