As part of World Food Day this year, the Council is joining the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign aiming to raise awareness of how food waste has an impact on the environment.
Across the UK, 4.5 million tonnes of edible food is thrown away each year. This costs the average household £540. It isn’t only the value of the food, but the resources taken to make it that are contributing to rising CO2 emissions.
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.”
To help reduce food waste why not try writing a shopping list and keeping to it to cut down on unwanted impulse buys. Check the temperature of your fridge to make sure it is set at the optimum level for preserving food. Also, check the date labels on food and be clear which ones are expiry dates, and which ones are best before.
For more information on how you can avoid wasting food, please visit www.wealden.gov.uk