Reduce food waste and reduce your foodprint
Bedford Borough Council is supporting this year’s World
Environment Day and offering local residents the chance to compost
their food waste.
World Environment Day takes place on Wednesday 5th June and this
year’s theme is ‘Think.Eat.Save. Reduce your Foodprint.’
In the UK, households throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and
drink every year and more than half of this is food and drink we
could have eaten. Wasting this food costs the average household
£480 a year, rising to £680 for a family with children, the
equivalent of around £50 a month.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “In these tough times
saving money is higher on the agenda for households, and reducing
food waste can make a real difference in cutting food bills, while
also protecting the environment.
“Bedford Borough Council works to minimise the amount of food being
unnecessarily wasted and we are also pleased to offer help to local
residents who want to start composting any waste food they generate
Bedford Borough Council is working in partnership with www.getcomposting.com to offer
a Bokashi Kitchen Composter twin pack for £25. Those who purchase
the twin pack can also receive a 330litre Compost Converter bin for
free (terms and conditions apply).
Visit www.getcomposting.com to find
Top food saving tips:
• Shop Smart: Plan meals, use shopping lists,
avoid impulse buys and don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead
you to buy more food than you need.
• Buy Funny Fruit: Many fruits and vegetables
are thrown out because their size, shape, or colour are deemed not
“right”. Buying these perfectly good fruit, uses food that might
otherwise go to waste.
• Understand Expiry Dates: “Best-before”
dates are generally manufacturer suggestions for peak quality. Most
foods can be safely consumed well after these dates. The important
date is “use by” – eat food by that date or check if you can freeze
• Use Up Food In Your Fridge: Websites such
as WRAP’s www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
can help you get creative with recipes to use up anything that
might go bad soon.
• Say Freeze and Use Your Freezer: Freeze
fresh produce and leftovers if you won’t have the chance to eat
them before they go bad.
• Love Leftovers: Use up food that would
otherwise be wasted in recipes, such as a Spanish omelette which
uses up onions and potatoes. Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
for more ideas.