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Community food waste workshops the perfect recipe for beating the credit crunch

Sep 21, 2009
Want to save money on the weekly food bill? Need to know just how much pasta to put with the pesto? Looking for the inspiration to turn lacklustre leftovers into another delicious dish?

Then get along to a community food waste workshop to find out how reducing the amount of food we throw away can save the average family up to £420 over a year.

As part of its Love Food Hate Waste campaign, North London Waste Authority (NLWA), in partnership with community healthcare charity Manor Gardens, is providing a series of FREE local workshops designed to help North Londoners save cash, waste less and turn leftovers into mouth-watering meals.

A similar session has already taken place in Islington, with top tips and handy hints to help residents shop smarter, provide perfect portions and make friends with their freezer - all to make their food and their finances go further. Better still, participants also get to swap recipes with each other and tuck into a tasty concoction cooked right there in front of them!

More of the interactive workshops are planned for Barnet, Camden and Waltham Forest; places are limited and offered on a first come-first served basis. To book, call: 0208 489 5366.

"It might seem like a small amount of food ends up in the bin at the end of a meal, but over a year we all throw away hundreds of pounds in this way - money that could go towards other important things or even a special treat for the family," said Cllr Loakes, Chair of the North London Waste Authority.

Pioneered by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) the Love Food Hate Waste campaign aims to show 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.

The workshops are taking place as follows:

Saturday 26 September 2009

11am - 2pm

Cheshire Hall Community Centre

Foster Street - off New Bent Street

Barnet

NW4 2AA

Saturday 26 September 2009

11am - 2pm

Play Hut

Hecham Close

Off Higham Hill Road

Waltham Forest

E17 5QT

Saturday 10 October 2009

11am - 2pm

Elfrida Rathbone (Kentish Town)

Camden Family and Youth Resource Centre

7 Dowdney Close

NW5 2BP

For more information, please contact:

Rosie Elliott Media and Marketing Officer, North London Waste Authority, on:

T: 0207 974 6944   E: rosie.elliott@camden.gov.uk

Notes to Editors:

The workshops 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 - February 2010

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

 Information is also 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 and 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

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