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Food Waste

Did you know that approximately two-thirds of all food and drink waste is avoidable? Food and drink that was edible at some point is simply thrown away, such as a slice of bread, an apple or a slice of ham.

Reducing food waste is a big issue and costs the average family with two children over £800 a year. It also has serious environmental implications too. Avoidable food and drink waste is the equivalent of approximately 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

If we all stop wasting this mountain of food, the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking 2.2 million car journeys off the road annually.

Recycling and re-using old products, and composting your kitchen and garden waste makes an enormous difference – and could save you up to £70 a month! But learning to reduce or minimise what we throw away in the first place is probably the best way of tackling the region’s waste mountain.

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