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Reduce your food waste … it’s child’s play!

Nov 29, 2011
Magic, juggling and comedy transformed classrooms across north London as children in the seven north London boroughs took part in activities to mark European Week for Waste Reduction from 19 - 27 November.

The events, organised by North London Waste Authority (NLWA), were aimed at showing how reducing your food waste is as easy as learning your A, B, C. More than 7,300 children took part in the fun events, run by the Circus Take-Away educational theatre group.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of the NLWA, said:

"The events were great fun, but had a serious message too. They showed how we can all play our part in reducing food waste, and how simple it is to do. By reducing the amount of food we throw away we can save ourselves money, while also helping the environment. That's a real win-win for everyone."

A series of free roadshows for adults were also held across north London. They were aimed at encouraging adults to plan and consume lunches which produce as little food and packaging waste as possible. Expert advice was on hand, educating residents on proper storage and re-heating of home made meals.

It's estimated that British workers spend £5.5 billion on buying lunch each year, while at the same time they throw out at home almost the same value of perfectly good food that they could use for lunch instead.