Fight climate change by cutting food waste

Published
01.03.2021

Gloucestershire County Council is supporting Food Waste Action Week this week (1-7 March), which aims to reduce food waste in the home to help tackle the climate emergency.

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Sustainability charity the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) says preventing food going to waste is key to combating the effects of climate change.

With UK households wasting the equivalent of eight meals a week on average, the #FoodWasteActionChallenge campaign wants to get people to think about the different ways they can tackle food waste.

WRAP has teamed up with cook, TV presenter and author Nadiya Hussain to drive home the message and make sure no edible food ends up in the bin.

Nadiya will spearhead a week of activities offering tips and tricks to cut waste and reduce the 6.6 million tonnes of food waste that comes from our homes each year in the UK.

Households in Gloucestershire throw away around 60,000 tonnes of food waste every year – the equivalent weight of 12,000 elephants.

Globally, around a third of all food produced is lost or wasted, which contributes between eight and 10 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Other startling figures include:

  • 30 per cent of global greenhouse gases come from producing our food, more than all commercial flights combined
  • Every day in the UK, we throw away 20 million slices of bread; 4.4 million potatoes and 3.1 million glasses of milk
  • 70 per cent of food waste in the UK comes from households

Food Waste Action Week aims to empower people to make simple changes in how they manage their food to avoid it being wasted.

To take part, people will be encouraged to share their top tips on Instagram using #FoodWasteActionChallenge and @lfhw_uk to highlight how to store food, use up leftovers and prevent it ending up in the bin.

Cllr Nigel Moor, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “Wasting food is a key contributor to climate change so if we all make small changes it would really make a difference. The county council has cut its own CO2 emissions by 97 per cent since 2006 – and we’re determined to help Gloucestershire families do the same.

“I hope many people in our county take part in Food Waste Action Week to make the most of their food and help to protect our environment.”

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