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Help prevent food waste

Households in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire threw away more than 10,000 tonnes of edible food in 2019.

As well as having an impact on our bank balances, this has an impact on our planet. The annual CO2 emissions from UK households’ food waste are roughly equal to 4.6m return flights to Australia.

During lockdown, we became a nation of careful listmakers, bakers and leftover munchers. We reported throwing away a third less food than normal. Let’s not stop there – let’s keep preventing food waste together, for our wallets and our planet.

There are lots of easy ways to prevent food waste:

  • Check out all the tips and advice at Love Food Hate Waste – you can follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
  • Plan your meals – check your cupboards and fridge, and make a list before you shop .
  • Freeze food before it’s past its best.
  • Turn your fridge temperature down to below 5°C to keep foods like milk fresher for longer.
  • Get creative in the kitchen to use up food that you would otherwise waste. Banana bread and bread pudding are just two tasty ways to use up leftovers.
  • Take the Food Waste Challenge in October 2020 with Cambridge Sustainable Food.