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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 at home.”


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 out more. 


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 it.
• 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.

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