Shoppers in north London are being reminded of ways to avoid food waste during the summer. When picnics and barbeques involve preparing and cooking more food than usual, this can often lead to an increase in food waste.
Leftovers contribute to £12 billion worth of food that is thrown out every year in UK homes. Householders are throwing out on average £480/year. This increases to £680/year for families with children - or £50 per month.
Wasting food has a huge environmental impact - if we stopped throwing food and drink away, it would save the equivalent of at least 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. That is equivalent to taking one in every four cars off our roads
Over the next few weeks, North London Waste Authority will be supporting a number of Love Food Hate Waste roadshows, in partnership with the seven constituent boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest, in a bid to reduce food waste across north London.
Food waste experts will be on hand at the north London roadshows, to offer advice on portion control, sell-by dates and storage, to smart shopping - to give shoppers some tops tips and rescue recipes on making the most of their leftover food, whilst also saving money. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to spin the 'Wheel of Food' or play the 'Perfect Portions' game and test their knowledge of food waste.
Roadshows taking place across north London:
Enfield - Thursday 8 July, 10am - 2pm Tesco Superstore, Enfield Town EN11RT
Haringey - Tuesday 13 July, 10am - 2pm, Sainsbury's, Harringay Green Lanes N4 1UJ
Islington - Wednesday 14 July, 11am - 3pm, Morrisons, Nag's Head, 10 Hertslet Road, Holloway, N7 6PL
Barnet - Thursday 15 July, 11am - 3pm, Sainsbury's, New Barnet, 60-68 East Barnet Road, EN4 8RQ
Waltham Forest - Friday 16 July, 11am - 3pm, ASDA Leyton Mills, Marshall Road, Leyton E10 5NH
Camden - Friday 23 July, 11am - 3pm, The O2 Centre, Finchley Road NW3 6LU
Hackney - Sunday 25 July, 10am - 2pm, London Fields Farmers Market London Fields Primary School, E8 3RL
"The amount of food, which is thrown away in the UK each year, is a serious issue. Most food waste is sent to landfill sites where it emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. The roadshows are an ideal opportunity to pick up some key tips, on how to reduce our food waste, which will benefit shoppers' purses and the environment" said Cllr Loakes, Chair of the North London Waste Authority.
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For more information, please contact the Communications team on 020 8489 5599.
The Love Food Hate Waste campaign, has been running across the seven North London boroughs of: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest between June 2009 , February 2010 and July 2010 and includes a series of roadshows and presentations.
Information about the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, including food facts, hints and tips is available at: www.lovefoodhatewaste.com <http://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.
Key facts from the Love Food Hate Waste campaign:
- Since the Love Food Hate Waste campaign launched, 2 million homes are feeling the benefits of cutting back on the food they waste, saving £400 million
- We throw food and drink out for two main reasons: 1) we let it go off, either completely untouched, or opened/started but not finished, costing £6.7 billion per year.; 2) we cook or prepare too much, costing us £4.8 billion per year
- In terms of weight: 5.3 million tonnes of food and drink is thrown out every year in the UK - such as cheese, milk & juice, meat and fish, fruit and vegetables and bread. This figure does not include anything we wouldn't normally eat, like peelings, bones, or crusts
- Wasting food has a huge environmental impact - if we stopped throwing food and drink away, it would save the equivalent of at least 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. That's like taking 1 in every 4 cars off our roads
- Food and drink waste is damaging to the environment because producing, storing and getting the food to our homes uses a lot of energy and resources - all of which are wasted when it gets binned. And most of this reaches landfill sites where it emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas