Wakefield: When it comes to food, are we Spoiled Rotten?

18/06/2019, PR-9087

Food waste is a big problem
Food waste is a big problem

​A new campaign has been launched to encourage people across the Wakefield district to help reduce food wastage by not buying in excess but only what they need. It's been estimated that 7.1 million tonnes of food is wasted every year in UK homes of which 5 million tonnes are edible.

Love Food Hate Waste's Spoiled Rotten campaign is calling on people across the Wakefield district to take individual action.

In the UK, 20% of the food that is bought ends up in the bin, according to research by Love Food Hate Waste.

The Council, working in partnership with the waste-to-product company Renewi, will once again bring it's 'feed the 1,000' event to the city centre. The concept is very simple, the average family throws away approximately 1/5 of the food they buy and over the course of a year this equates to over 1,000 portions of food. The event takes the volume of food that the average family throws away every year and turns it into delicious tasty meals. The food will then be given away.

So if you'd like to try some delicious meals and pick up a few tips on how to reduce the amount of food you throw away and save money, visit the Cathedral precinct on 22 July.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "We are committed to reducing food waste, and we've been really inspired by the recent activity that the Waste & Resources Action Programme and Love Food Hate Waste have been doing to raise awareness about the issue. We want to see more people across the district taking action – even if that is just buying smaller portions to avoid waste. This is an exciting opportunity for all of us to make a difference."

Jenny Carr from Love Food Hate Waste said: "We enjoy an abundance of food everywhere we go, from farmers' markets and supermarkets to restaurants and cafes. It's never been easier to enjoy food. The problem is, that means it's also never been easier to waste it. UK households produce 70% of the country's overall food waste – 7.1 million tonnes – which is equal to 3.5 meals per person every week!

"It's easy to be tempted– we're only human after all! However, if it's going to end up in the bin, don't buy it. By buying what you need, you can save your food from the bin – helping your pocket and our planet."

Across Wakefield food makes up 40% of what goes in our green rubbish bins, this is the equivalent of 3.5 meals per person every week in the UK. All of this wasted food costs money – roughly £230 per person annually in the UK – and the amount of C02 it emits is equal to that generated by one in four of the cars on our roads.

Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for some top tips on how you can help prevent food waste.    

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