Could you waste less and recycle more?
Gloucestershire residents are being encouraged to waste less and recycle more to coincide with Recycle Week (21-27 September).
We have launched the Waste Less, Recycle More campaign to urge householders to buy what you need, eat what you buy and to reduce and recycle food waste to prevent it ending up in your waste bin.
We have put together some helpful tips to waste less food:
- Write a shopping list before you shop to limit impulse buys – this could save you money as well as help the environment
- Check your cupboards and fridge before you go to make sure you won’t be buying items you already have
- If you’re unsure how much food to buy, use Love Food Hate Waste’s ‘portion planner’ to work out what you need – see www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/portion-planner
- Before getting a ‘buy one get one free’ deal from a supermarket, consider if you really need the extra item
Other advice includes making sure your fridge is set to the correct temperature to preserve food for longer, regularly checking the ‘use by’ dates of your food and using plastic containers to store your leftovers for the next day.
You could also freeze items before they go off, such as milk, grated cheese, fruit for smoothies, and bread - and find recipes to use up leftovers.
Your kerbside food waste collection should be used for food that can’t be eaten, such as vegetable peelings, tea bags and bones, which turns the waste into gas and fertiliser.
As well as food waste, we’re also encouraging people to recycle other items by putting them out for kerbside collection or visiting one of our Household Recycling Centres, a bring bank or a charity shop.
If you’re unsure what you can recycle at home or where to take it, visit www.gloucestershirerecycles.com/recycling-at-home
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for waste, said: “I would like to thank Gloucestershire residents for the great efforts they have made in recycling. We have made massive progress and are recycling more than ever before.
“However, we can always do more and Recycle Week is a great time to remind people what they can do to help the environment. Collecting and recycling more food waste will help us to lower the county’s carbon footprint and achieve our aim of becoming a carbon neutral county by 2050.”