WEALDEN District Council is supporting the ‘Wasting Food; it’s out of date’ brand launch as part of this year’s World Food Day.

The new brand aims to raise awareness of how food waste has an impact on the environment. 

Across the UK, 4.5 million tonnes of edible food gets thrown away each year.

This costs the average household £540. It isn’t only the value of the food, but the resources taken to make it that contribute to rising CO2 emissions.

Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden Cabinet member with responsibility for waste management, said:  “The average Wealden household rubbish bin contains 39.6% food waste. If everyone in the UK stops throwing away unused food for just one day, it could create the same positive benefits for climate change as planting over half a million trees.

“Let’s all work together in Wealden to cut down on food waste. Not just today but for the days to come. We can reduce our impact on the environment and save money on our food bills.”

Help reduce food waste

To help reduce food waste why not try writing a shopping list? Then keep to it to cut down on unwanted impulse buys. Check the temperature of your fridge and set it at the optimum level for preserving food. Also, check the date labels on food. Be clear which ones are expiry dates, and which ones are best before.

For more information on how you can avoid wasting food, please visit www.wealden.gov.uk/recycling