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Love Food Hate Waste

AnimationBedford Borough Council supports Love Food Hate Waste, a national campaign that can help you save money and the environment by reducing the amount of food we throw away. 

Find out more about the problem of food waste from the information below or by visiting the Love Food Hate Waste Website.


With the launch of the iFREEZE campaign this month we are looking at ways to reduce food waste by making the most of your freezer.

You can freeze almost anything! Just remember to label all the items you freeze so you don’t forget and defrost food overnight in the fridge. Lots more hints and tips can be found on the Love Food Hate Waste website.


Visit our Theme Page to find out what you can do to reduce your food waste and save money.

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Food Waste Facts

  • In the UK 7.2 million tonnes of food and drinks are thrown away from homes every year, that's roughly the amount of food that would fill Wembley Stadium over 7 times!
  • All of this food waste costs people in the UK £12.5 billion and much of it could have been eaten!
  • Wasting food costs the average family with children around £680 per year, that's over £50 a month.
  • The foods we waste the most are fresh vegetables and salad, drink, fresh fruit, and bakery items such as bread and cakes.
  • In the UK we throw away more food than we do packaging every year.
  • If we stopped wasting food the benefit to the planet would be equal to taking 1 in 4 cars off of the road.



Why do we waste so much food?LFHW Logo

There are two main reasons we waste food, click on the links to learn more:

1.  We let food go off

2.  We cook or prepare too much


We Let Food Go Off

Know your labels

  • Best Before- relates to the quality of the food, you can still eat it after the date but it won't be at its best.
  • Use By- relates to food safety.  You must not eat the food after the date even if it looks and smells ok as it may not be safe.

Food Labels


  • FridgeYour fridge should be set to 4oC.
  • Keep your food in its packaging- it was designed to prolong the life of the food.
  • Don't store your fruit and vegetables in sealed containers; they need some air to get to them to last.
  • Keep your fruit in the fridge (except bananas and pineapples), they will last longer.
  • Store all food according to the instructions on its packaging.





  • Freezers can be used to store a wide variety of foods.
  • Seal foods completely in tubs or bags to prevent moisture getting in.
  • Portion your food out before you freeze it- you are less likely to waste any when you do use it.
  • Label food with the date you put it in the freezer, that way you know how long it will last when it is defrosted.
  • Always defrost food thoroughly.


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We Cook or Prepare Too Much

Portionsfood portion control

  • Many of us don't know how much food we need for the numbers we are cooking for.  Try the Love Food Hate Waste portion planner to help.
  • Plan your meals for the week so you know how much to buy and use.


Leftoversfood waste

  • If you cook too much store the leftovers in the fridge for the following day. 
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Eat leftovers for lunch.
  • Get creative, use the leftovers to create new meals.  Have a look at these recipes for some inspiration.



  • In the supermarketTake a shopping list with you when you go to the supermarket, only buy what you need.
  • Don't give in to special offers if you know you won't use it all.
  • Make sure you have a supply of long life foods in the cupboards (rice, pasta, flour, grains, tins etc) that are ready to turn those leftovers into yummy new dishes!


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Love Food Hate Waste Ezine

You can also sign up to the Love Food Hate Waste Ezine for updates on the campaign, information on how to help you recycle more and home composting tips:

Sign up to the Love Food Hate Waste Ezine


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