Local people are being encouraged to make a pledge during this year’s European Week for Waste Reduction (21st – 29th November) – and help to get us to the top of the European leader board.
Mid Ulster District Council is spearheading the campaign locally, highlighting how households can make the most of their food, saving money and reducing food waste at home and at work, and asking each person to make one small pledge to play their part.
The average family here wastes up to the equivalent of 6 meals every week and estimated savings from adopting a more proactive approach to food could save as much as £200 each year.
Love Food Hate Waste tips include writing a meal plan for the week before doing the weekly shop; checking the date labels on your purchases to ensure that you get the longest life from your product and even how to cook some delicious and tasty recipes using the bits and pieces from your store cupboard and leftovers in the fridge.
Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Christine McFlynn, is pledging to shop wisely and use her leftovers to reduce food waste.
“The whole focus is on taking very simple steps as individuals, whether that’s by changing how we shop, prepare or cook our meals. By taking personal responsibility we can have a big collective impact on our environment – and that’s not just here, it’s across the European Union.
“And of course there will always be an unavoidable element of waste food coming from our homes, such as meat and fish bones, fruit and veg peelings, egg shells and tea bags, but we can still make a difference by using our brown bins to ensure our food waste is turned into top quality compost.”
To find out more about the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, to get some money saving tips or access hundreds of tasty recipes log onto www.lovefoodhatewaste.com or, to register your action for Northern Ireland during European Week For Waste Reduction log onto www.ewwr.eu/register or contact our recycling officers on 03000 132 132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your pledge before 1st December.