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NLWA takes Love Food Hate Waste to the shops

Aug 24, 2009
A series of roadshows tackling portion sizes, leftovers and best before dates are being launched across north London in a bid to reduce food waste.

Taking place in supermarkets and shopping centres the roadshows will be taking the popular Love Food Hate Waste campaign direct to shoppers from Saturday 29 August to Thursday 10 September.

Visitors to the roadshows will be able to test their knowledge when it comes to portion sizes, try out the'Wheel of Food' and take part in a leftovers recipe competition - with the winning entries being published in a book.

Love Food Hate Waste advisors will be on hand to answer queries and questions about food waste, from sell-by dates and storage to shopping lists and smoothie-making.

Top tips, handy hints and recipes that use leftovers will also be provided along with information on stand-by store cupboard staples that make people's food and finances go further.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of the North London Waste Authority, said:

"This campaign shows that by doing some easy, everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment.

"Just checking the use-by dates on what's inside your fridge regularly can help to avoid expensive items like meat, fish and ready-meals ending up in the bin and then in landfill sites."

As part of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign advisors will be taking activities into libraries and leisure centres across north London, as well as providing presentations for local businesses and community groups.

Further roadshows in supermarkets and shopping centres are planned for November 2009 and January 2010.

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Notes to Editors

For more information please contact Rosie Elliott, media and marketing officer for the NLWA, on  07789 032324 or rosie.elliott@camden.gov.uk.

Roadshow details:

Saturday 29 August
London Borough of Waltham Forest
The Mall, Walthamstow (during Enviromall week)
45 Selborne Walk
Walthamstow
London
E14 7JR
11am - 3pm

Wednesday 2 September
London Borough of Camden
Morrisons
Chalk Farm Road
Chalk Farm, Camden
NW1
10am - 2pm

Thursday 3 September
London Borough of Islington
Morrisons
Nags Head, off Holloway Road
10 Hertslett Road
Holloway
London
N7 6PL
10:30am - 2:30pm

Saturday 5 September
London Borough of Hackney
Broadway Market
London E8
11am - 3pm

Monday 7 September
London Borough of Enfield
Tesco
Enfield Town
10am - 2pm

Tuesday 8 September
London Borough of Barnet
Sainsbury's
66 East Barnet Road
London
EN4 8RQ
10:30am - 2:30pm

Thursday 10 September
London Borough of Haringey
Sainsbury's Harringay
4 Williamson Road
Greens Lane
London
N4 1UJ
10:30am - 2:30pm

The roadshows are part of a broader Love Food Hate Waste campaign, which is running across the seven North London boroughs of: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest between June 2009 and February 2010.

The campaign is being funded by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) and includes: kitchen workshops, online food waste diaries and a dedicated website full of information.

Information is being produced for restaurants and retailers who want to get behind the campaign and presentations are available for community groups on request from: post@nlwa.gov.uk.

Information about the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, including food facts, hints and tips is available at:  www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) was established in 1986 and is the waste disposal authority for Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. This means its primary function is to arrange the transport and disposal of waste collected by these boroughs. It is the second largest waste disposal authority in the country, measured by tonnage.