Save food and money this Food Waste Action Week

We have partnered with the Love Food Hate Waste campaign to highlight the environmental impact of food waste and encourage residents to make small changes to reduce their food waste.

The reduction of food waste plays a major part in the council’s plans to tackle the climate emergency.

According to research conducted by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) if every person in the UK wasted no food at home for one day, it could have the same impact on greenhouse gases as planting half a million trees.

In addition to the environmental benefits, there is also money to be saved by households in reducing their food waste before even entering a supermarket.

As part of Food Waste Action Week the council will be sharing hints and tips on how to reduce food waste and reuse leftovers, ultimately saving households money. Tips include understanding dates on food packaging and storing fresh food and leftovers properly.

Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

“Whilst preparing for our waste strategy engagement at the end of last year we discovered that 36 per cent of the average Kirklees household’s waste is food waste. While some waste is unavoidable, we want to make sure that all residents have access to information and support to help reduce unnecessary food waste. Starting during Food Waste Action Week we will be sharing information in the coming months to help every resident to take small steps towards reducing their waste and helping them to save money.”

To find out more about Food Waste Action Week visit the Love Food Hate Waste website and keep an eye on the council’s social media during the week for useful hints and tips.