Recycle Devon shares its top tips on how to reduce food waste and has launched an online recipe book to help make your food go further
In the UK, we throw away 6.7m tonnes of food a year – that’s a third of the food we buy. Research shows that we throw away more food than we think we do. Nearly half of that is fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, dairy, rice and pasta. Some of the common reasons for this include buying too much in the first place, improper storage, not eating things in time and cooking too much – especially pasta and rice.
The following tips can help you waste less and save money. If you are a family of four, a few tweaks and changes could save you as much as £800 a year!
This free online book of tips and recipes will give you loads of ideas to help make your food go further. Visit: www.recycledevon.org/love-food-hate-waste/Have-your-food-and-eat-it-Recipe-Book.pdf to download your copy.
Whether you live alone or in a large household, planning your meals will save you time and money, and help you make the most out of the food you buy. Research shows that people who plan their weekly shop are less likely to buy more than they need.
Before you go shopping, have a meal plan in mind and check your fridge, freezer and cupboards to see what you need and what needs using up.
Start with planning a couple of meals a week, then build up as you go.
No food stays in perfect condition, however well it is stored. Most foods carry either a use-by or a best-before date, or both. Around 34% of people admit to throwing away food because it had gone past its use-by or best-before date.
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