UK Challenged To Reduce Food Waste During National Zero Waste Week

From 2nd-8th September, people across the UK are being challenged to reduce the amount of food that goes to waste.

National Zero Waste Week, hosted by, in partnership with The Rubbish Diet and supported by Love Food Hate Waste, will ask people to think twice before throwing their leftover food into the bin, to help save money and the environment.

Celebrating its sixth anniversary, National Zero Waste Week is focusing on food waste following research by WRAP that reveals households throw away 7.2m tonnes of food and drink every year, costing the average family in the UK £50 per month.

Most of this is avoidable and could have been eaten if people had planned, stored and managed the food in their homes better.

Rachelle Strauss, founder of National Zero Waste Week said: “I was shocked by the volume of food we were sending to landfill and wanted to do something to address it. We are making this year’s Zero Waste Week accessible to everyone by asking people to make very simple pledges, which can make a huge amount of difference. We look forward to building on the success of previous year’s National Zero Waste Week.”

Making The Most Of Food

People will be able to make pledges to reduce their food waste online. Pledges can be anything from putting fruit and vegetable skins in your compost bin to freezing food before it goes past its use-by date.

Kerry McCarthy, MP, has pledged to take the challenge and said: “I very much support this great idea for Zero Waste Week 2013.

“The urgent need to tackle global food waste is now acknowledged as an environmental priority. This food surplus is putting pressure on scarce land and resources, contributes to deforestation and needlessly adds to global greenhouse gas emissions.”

Emma Marsh, head of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, said: “Making the most of the food we buy is increasingly important to us all especially with ever tighter household budgets, but we’re still unnecessarily wasting 20 percent of the food we buy. Zero Waste Week is a great way to highlight how we can all take action in our homes.”

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