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The Joint Waste Team Christmas Competition


The Joint Waste Team is inviting all primary school pupils in Gloucestershire to take part in an exciting new competition to create their very own Christmas recipe showing how to use up all those seasonal leftovers.

Food production is very energy intensive so wasting food it is just like putting all that energy straight in the bin.

That is why we would like every school to take part and find out just a little bit more about food waste and how it can be prevented so that pupils can learn more about this important environmental issue.

Two winners from each local authority area will be selected and get to see their recipe printed in the local press in the run up to Christmas. Winners will also have their recipe included in a special Christmas pack. 

Entries are welcome from individual pupils or small groups and should include a full list of ingredients and methodology. 

Entries will be judged on three main criteria: to what level seasonal produce is used in the recipe; how easy the instructions are to follow; and how the final dish looks and tastes.

To help guide pupils, we have produced a template which they can use and this is included at the end of this letter. The recipe could be something completely new and innovative or perhaps an old family favourite passed down the generations.

As part of the prize, we will be giving away copies of the Christmas recipe packs to the winning schools to give out to their pupils.

Recipes should be sent to: Kathryn Turner, Joint Waste Team, Shire Hall, Gloucester, GL1 2TH or email them to waste@gloucestershire.gov.uk by no later than Friday 2 November 2018. Entries should include the pupil’s name, their year group and the name of the school so we can contact the lucky winners.

The competition is a great way to get children thinking about the issues of food waste and why it’s is important to reduce this where we can.

Invitation letter and recipe template





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