Thursday, 7 May 2009

Love Food Hate Waste

One of the great successes of Sefton alternative weekly waste collection has been the introduction of the weekly food waste pick up which is done with other recyclable material.

Sefton has seen a significant increase in recycling since our wheelie bin system was introduced. Initially there were many (Tory) knockers of the policy-although they never produced a budget amendment to fund the multi million gap that would arise if it were scrapped. in particular we have out performed neighbouring authorities by reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill-and hence have a lower tax bill from the government. You would have thought that those who are claiming to be eco friendly would have embraced the idea.

Anyway one issue that we all noticed was the vast amount of food waste. Clearly prevention is better than cure so I was pleased to get this invitation this morning:

Launch of the “Love Food Hate Waste” campaign for Merseyside & Halton at Southport Food & Drinks Festival.
11am Thursday 14th May in the Demonstration Kitchen, Festival Pavilion. (In front off Southport Town Hall/Arts Centre)

Recently money was secured from the national Waste Resources Action Programme and MWDA to deliver a food waste prevention campaign ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ for Merseyside and Halton.
The "Love Food, Hate Waste" campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce the amount of food that we throw away and inform of how doing this will benefit us as consumers and the environment.
We all throw food away. In fact households in the UK throw 6.7 million tonnes of food away every year. Put another way a third of food bought is thrown away. Food waste makes up 17% of Merseysides and Halton’s ~ 800,000 tonnes of household waste; this is a huge amount of preventable waste going to polluting landfill and at a significant and increasing public cost.
Wasting food costs the average family £610 a year and has serious environmental implications too. The food we throw away is a waste of resources. Just think about all the energy, water and packaging used in food production, transportation and storage. This all goes to waste when we throw away perfectly good food.
If we all stopped wasting food the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road. Food waste can be significantly reduced by applying knowledge of portion size, appropriate food storage, use by/ best before dates and recipes using leftover ingredients.
Come and join us at the Merseyside and Halton “Love Food Hate Waste” launch event and find out more. If you cannot join us you may want to find out more about the practical tips on how we all can reduce food waste at