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6 November 2020 • Forest Row Local
 Working Together to Reduce Food Waste
 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.
Food is something that unites. It’s something that
is lovingly grown and nurtured for months before it arrives in our shops. It’s a social activity, a comfort, an essential, and a luxury.
And yet in UK households we waste 6.5 million tonnes of it every year, 4.5 million of which is edible. We’re not talking egg shells or chicken bones... We mean the last few bites from your plate that you couldn’t quite manage, or your bread crusts, or potato peelings – all stuff which could have been transformed into something delicious.
Those 4.5 million tonnes are enough to fill 38 million wheelie bins, or 90 Royal Albert Halls. It’s a lot, but we have the power to change this.
Your food is at its best when it’s on your plate, ready to be enjoyed. It’s perfect in your fridge, ready to be used, or stored in the freezer for another time. It’s at its worst when it’s in your bin.
Saving food means saving money, but look at the bigger picture, too. Reducing food waste is good for the planet, as it helps slow down global warming. If global food waste were a country, it would be third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the US. By using up every edible bit of your food, you’re doing your bit to look after the environment; imagine what we could achieve if we all make a change!
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The average family of four can save just over £60
per month by reducing their food waste. Whether you’re doing the food shop or ordering a meal at a restaurant, every decision is an opportunity to save food from the bin. If you don’t want a side salad, ask for your meal without it. If you won’t make good use of the extra portion, don’t be tempted by it. And if you can’t finish your main, ask for a doggy bag! Food is made to be loved, so that’s what we should do.
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.
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