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Save money and waste less this Christmas (1 Dec 2016)

Struggling to find gifts for loved ones? It’s never too late – just shop smart!

Local recycling officers are asking people to shop smart this Christmas in a bid to save money and create less waste.

December can be a time when we tend to overindulge, that’s why Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority have come up with tips to follow so local residents can slim their shopping, cut their clutter and make their money go further.

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), said: “At this time of year you can end up with a lot of clutter around the house, too much food and a lot of paper, card and plastic which unnecessarily ends up in landfill. By planning what you buy, using what you already have, making lists and shopping smarter you will save yourself time and money as well as creating less waste.

“Food and clothes are two particular things that people can end up spending too much on, when there are ways of saving money and still getting what you want.”

Our top waste prevention tips:

• Before you go out shopping write a list and stick to it, as you’re less likely to make an impulsive and unnecessary buy which you didn’t need.

• When out shopping remember to take re-usable bags with you.

• Consider buying an experience for someone – concert tickets, a pampering day, or tickets to a tourist attraction.

• 30% of our clothes haven’t been worn in the last year so search the back of wardrobes and drawers to find your party outfit rather than buying a new one.

• Accessorise – bring an old outfit to life by customising it with some new additions.

• Instead of wrapping paper, use gift bags which have got a much longer life and can be used over and over again.

• When it comes to meals try planning in advance when and what you’re going to be cooking, that way you won’t buy too much. Research from Christmas 2015* showed that British shoppers spent £2.3bn on food items in the two weeks to Christmas – an 8.8% increase in food expenditure compared to the same period in 2014.

• Cook once eat twice – by carefully cooking more than you need and freezing the extra portions you can eat them another time.

• Non-frozen leftovers should be wrapped, kept in the fridge and eaten within two days. Use clear takeaway containers to help you see what you have left and maybe add the date on the packet when you put it in the freezer.

• If you’ve got a home composter then remember to add in Christmas leftovers like fruit and veg peelings. Also add unwanted paper and card. And if you haven’t got a composter, then maybe ask for one as a gift!

• Remember to take full advantage of your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. There are 14 throughout Merseyside with most accepting a whole host of items such as cans, cardboard, real Christmas trees, glass jars and bottles, paper, scrap metal, textiles, toys and white goods. All the Centres accept electrical items.

• If there are items like toys, electrical items, bric-a-brac you don’t need after Christmas, you could donate them to the Emmaus Community Reuse Shop at our South Sefton Recycling Centre.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “A huge amount of rubbish is generated at this time of year but alongside that there is a great opportunity to promote a message of saving money, consuming less, creating less waste and recycling as much as we can.”

For more recycling and waste prevention tips and Christmas recipe ideas visit www.recycleformerseysideandhalton.com.

ENDS
Notes to editor:

*http://www.foodbev.com/news/uks-christmas-food-spending-grows-8-8-to-2-3bn/

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is a statutory authority established in 1986, following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, to undertake the household waste disposal functions for local authorities across Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and the safe and effective disposal of household waste for Merseyside’s residents.

The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership is made up of MRWA, plus the District Councils of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley.
www.merseysidewda.gov.uk
www.twitter.com/merseysiderwa
www.facebook.com/merseysiderwa

Media enquiries:

John Lally
Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct Dial: 0151 255 2568
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444
www.merseysidewda.gov.uk
www.twitter.com/merseysiderwa
www.facebook.com/merseysiderwa

The Big Freeze (6th October 2015)

Love Food Hate Waste and MRWA would like to invite you to the interactive and fun educational event The Big Freeze this October.

Come along and join us in our giant freezer for a day of cool activities and intriguing facts.

The focus will be on the best ways to enjoy great food which is healthy and sustainable, whilst reducing the amount of food we waste.

You’ll leave the event shivering with refreshing knowledge and brain freezing top tips for all your family and friends!

Friday 23rd October
9.00am to 4.00pm
Liverpool – Church Street.

Celebrity Chef is Cooking up ways to Prevent Food Waste (11 March 2015)

Top TV chef, Richard Fox will be showing residents in Liverpool what to do with their leftover ingredients and food waste as he cooks up some fantastic recipes.

On the 12th & 13th March Richard will be supporting the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign launched in the city last summer, by sharing her expertise with residents at the free cookery event at Williamson Square organised by Love Food Hate Waste. A further event is taking place from 10am to 4pm at Liverpool Constellations, Baltic Triangle on 22nd March.

He will dish out advice and tips on how to cook great tasting recipes with leftover ingredients, how to make your food last longer and money saving ideas. The cookery demonstrations will take place between 10am and 4pm.

The event is part of the 10 cities campaign which encourages residents in 10 cities of the UK to reduce food waste, which could save the average family up to £700 a year

Richard Fox commented: “This is an exciting event for me to be involved with, it not only saves people lots of money to reduce food waste but they can have a great deal of fun learning how to cook the easy recipes we show them”.

Recipe suggestions can also be found on www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

The event is taking place from 10am to 4pm at Williamson Square L1 1EJ. For further information call: 01295 819 663

-ENDS-

For further information please contact:

 

Sally Hollyhead – Love Food Hate Waste PR – Project manager

M: 07712 853 656
D: 01295 819 663
E: sally.hollyhead@wrap.org.uk
Editors notes:
About WRAP

  • Love Food Hate Waste is brought to you by WRAP. WRAP is a registered Charity No. 1159512 WRAP is also backed by government funding from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
  • WRAP works with businesses, individuals and communities to help them reap the benefits of reducing waste, developing sustainable products and using resources in an efficient way.
  • More information on all of WRAP’s programmes can be found on www.wrap.org.uk
  • LFHW
  • @WRAP_UK
  • Love Food Hate Waste is brought to you by WRAP and its work is underpinned by ground-breaking, evidence-based WRAP research
  • The most recent food waste figures available are for 2012 – these were published by WRAP in November 2013 and can be found here: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/household-food-and-drink-waste-uk-2012
  • The average person in the UK could save £200 a year by not buying and then throwing away good food and drink. This rises to £470 for the average household and £700 for a family with children.
  • Throwing away good food and drink is responsible for the equivalent of 17mt of C02.
  • The campaign aims to help us all to realise the importance of developing skills in order to help everyone to save money and reduce food waste. www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
  • @LFHW_UK

This Christmas shop smart, save money and waste less (5 Dec 2014)

  • Cook once, eat twice and save money

  • Get your Christmas clothes sparkling for less

 

Local waste prevention and recycling officers are asking people to shop smart this Christmas and New Year in a bid to save money and create less waste.

December can be a time when we tend to overindulge, that’s why the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership has come up with some tips to follow so local residents can slim their shopping, cut their clutter and make their money go further.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “At this time of year you can end up with a lot of clutter around the house, too much food and a lot of paper, card and plastic which unnecessarily ends up in landfill. By planning what you buy, using what you already have, making lists and shopping smarter you will save yourself time and money as well as creating less waste.

“Food and clothes are two particular things that people can end up spending too much on, when there are ways of saving money and still getting what you want.”

Top waste prevention tips:

– Before you go out shopping write a list and stick to it, as you’re less likely to make an impulsive and unnecessary buy which you didn’t need.

– When out shopping remember to take re-usable bags with you.

– Use any Christmas cards you got last year as gift tags.

– Instead of wrapping paper, use gift bags which have got a much longer life and can be used over and over again.

– When it comes to meals try planning in advance when and what you’re going to be cooking, that way you won’t buy too much.

– Cook once eat twice – by carefully cooking more than you need and freezing the extra portions you can eat them another time.

– Non-frozen leftovers should be wrapped, kept in the fridge and eaten within two days. Use clear takeaway containers to help you see what you have left.

– If you’ve got a home composter then remember to add in Christmas leftovers like fruit and veg peelings. Also add unwanted paper and card. And if you haven’t got a composter, then maybe ask for one as a gift!

– 30% of our clothes haven’t been worn in the last year so search the back of wardrobes and drawers to find your party outfit rather than buying a new one.

– Accessorise – bring an old outfit to life by customising it with some new additions.

– Remember to take full advantage of your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. There are 15 throughout Merseyside and Halton with most accepting a whole host of items such as cans, cardboard, real Christmas trees, glass jars and bottles, paper, scrap metal, textiles, toys and white goods. All the Centres accept electrical items.

Carl Beer continued: “A huge amount of rubbish is generated at this time of year but alongside that there is a great opportunity to promote a message of saving money, consuming less, creating less waste and recycling as much as we can.”

For more recycling and waste prevention tips and Christmas recipe ideas visit www.recycleformerseysideandhalton.com.

ENDS

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is a statutory authority established in 1986, following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, to undertake the household waste disposal functions for local authorities across Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and the safe and effective disposal of household waste for Merseyside’s residents.

The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership is made up of MRWA, plus the District Councils of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley.
Media enquiries:
John Lally
PR and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct telephone: 0151 255 2568
General telephone: 0151 255 1444

Are we in danger of losing basic cooking skills? (2nd Dec 2014)

 

● Love Food Hate Waste is setting out to help restore lost culinary skills.

● Almost a quarter of parents surveyed via Mumsnet (24%) were not confident they could use leftovers to make another meal without resorting to a recipe.

●Building skills in the kitchen is vital if the UK is to tackle the £12.5 billion of good food and drink that gets thrown away from UK homes each year.

Cooking is, without a doubt, one of the most important life skills a person can ever learn and share. There was a time when most of us knew how to cook at some level. Skills and recipes used to be passed down from generation to generation but these skills have been diluted over the last few decades which is why Love Food Hate Waste is setting out to enrich our culinary skills to help fight food waste.

As modern life becomes busier, and quick solutions become more favourable, we are at risk of losing valuable cooking skills and knowledge to pass on to the next generation. According to new research carried out by Love Food Hate Waste and Mumsnet, although more than 90% of parents rate cooking skills as an important part of their general education, over 60% of parents (with children over the age of three) spend three hours or less a month cooking with their child. Sometimes life can just get too busy.

We’ve become too busy to cook and nearly 40% of people say that the speed of preparation is amongst the most important things they consider when preparing a meal, which could often mean foregoing homemade meals. A further three in five say one of the most important things they consider when preparing a meal is the likelihood of it being eaten.

Not only can a lack of food knowledge and cooking skills have a negative impact on our health and our children’s healthbut having these skills can also save us money and help to reduce household food waste. The research also revealed that the two top skills that parents want to pass onto their children to help them make the most of their food are planning meals in advance and how to make use of leftovers.

To regain a potentially lost generation of cookers, Love Food Hate Waste has launched ‘Save More’ kitchen skills packs to help people get to grips with budgeting, planning, and portioning in the kitchen along with money saving tools and tips. The pack is available to download from www.lovefoodhatewaste.com. In the New Year the campaign is also launching free cookery classes in 10 UK cities to help people with the basics of cookery and learn new ways to get creative in the kitchen. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help the average family not waste up to £700 a year buying and then throwing away what was once good food and drink. It shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too.

Emma Marsh, Head of Love Food Hate Waste said: “Cooking skills are a key life skill for all of us. But most of us lack the time to build these up, leading to a lack of confidence in the kitchen. Our range of tools and guidance on lovefoodhatewaste.com now enhanced by our new Save More initiative are designed to increase everyone’s skills, knowledge and confidence and enable these to be passed onto the next generation..”

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Sally Hollyhead – Love Food Hate Waste PR Project manager

M: 07712 853 656

D: 01295 819 663

E: sally.hollyhead@wrap.org.uk

 

Join the Love Food Hate Waste Liquid Greens Machine in Liverpool’s Williamson Square on the 7th August

On Thursday 7th August, the Love Food Hate Waste  ‘Liquid Greens Machine’ will be coming to Liverpool’s Williamson Square, from 8.00am until 2.00pm, serving up healthy fruit and vegetable smoothies prepared by expert chefs from ingredients that  are commonly wasted every day in our homes.

The event, which is the next stop on the Love Food Hate Waste ‘10 Cities’ tour, is in partnership with Tesco and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) helping us all to #DoOneThingDifferently.

Supporting the event will be Councillor Tony Concepcion, Deputy Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority; Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, and Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods & Waste Services for Liverpool City Council.  They will be visiting the Liquid Greens Machine from 9:30am.

In June, WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign announced Liverpool City Region as one of just 10 cities across the whole of the UK chosen to focus on fighting food waste in 2014-16, helping the people of Liverpool to ‘do one thing differently’ – changing our kitchen habits and showing it’s possible for us all to make a difference and prevent our food from becoming waste.

Emma Marsh, Head of Love Food Hate Waste said: “We all have our own reasons for why food gets thrown away at home, so there isn’t a one size fits all solution. We want to be able to get people to look at the huge volume of food and drink that’s ending up in the bin and consider the one thing they might do differently to make sure that food gets tasted, not wasted. From storing fresh fruit in the fridge to using the freezer better, to downloading our free App to using the lovefoodhatewaste.com portion calculator – just doing one of these things can help everyone to waste less, save money, and help the environment.

“Retailers and brands also have an important role to play in making it easier for us to avoid throwing food away and I’m delighted that Tesco have committed to working with us over the next two years in Liverpool to make this a reality.

“The Liquid Greens Machine is just one example of a creative way for people to experiment with the good food and drink they buy and try making something delicious and different as well as kicking off our exciting campaign in Liverpool.”

Greg Sage, Community Director at Tesco said: “We are delighted to be WRAP’s retail partner in Liverpool. We’ve been working with WRAP for some time, tackling food waste right across the value chain and are looking forward to working together with local organisations to help customers and colleagues to eat more of the food they buy, wasting less and saving money.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chair of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “The Love Food Hate Waste campaign is something we’ve supported enthusiastically for the last six years by promoting its key waste prevention messages to the Merseyside and Halton public. We have placed great importance on this campaign because as well as cutting waste and carbon levels it also saves people money.

“We’re keen to take on the 10 City Challenge to further the Love Food Hate Waste message. We want people to look at the food in their bin, the unused food and drink they’re throwing away, and to think about how they can change that behaviour which will reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and ultimately save us all money.”

The Love Food Hate Waste ’10 cities’ initiative has been created by WRAP following a similar campaign run in partnership with West London Waste Authority which helped the local community reduce their food waste by 15% in just 6 months stopping £14m worth of good food from going to waste!

Come along on the 7th August and pledge with us to #DoOneThingDifferently.

ENDS

 

For further information please contact:

Lesley Wilde M: 07920 707000, E: lesley@wildething.co.uk

 

Editors notes:

 

About WRAP

  1. WRAP works with businesses, individuals and communities to help them reap the benefits of reducing waste, developing sustainable products and using resources in an efficient way.
  2. Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  3. More information on all of WRAP’s programmes can be found on www.wrap.org.uk

@WRAP_UK

 

LFHW

  1. Love Food Hate Waste is brought to you by WRAP and its work is underpinned by ground-breaking, evidence-based WRAP research
  2. The most recent food waste figures available are for 2012 – these were published by WRAP in November 2013 and can be found here: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/household-food-and-drink-waste-uk-2012
  3. The average person in the UK could save £200 a year by not buying and then throwing away good food and drink. This rises to £470 for the average household and £700 for a family with children.
  4. Throwing away good food and drink is responsible for the equivalent of 17mt of C02.
  5. The campaign aims to help us all recognise the amount of food that we’re throwing out and to demonstrate how by doing just one thing differently, we can dramatically reduce how much money we’re wasting each and every week. For more information please visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

@LFHW_UK

Love Food Hate Waste Community on Facebook

Free Love Food Hate waste App

 

  1. WRAP is taking the Liquid Greens Machine to 10 cities in total across the UK to raise awareness of the issue, as well as helping people to make small changes but big savings. The ’10 cities’ are: Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool City Region, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield with support from the major food retailers across the UK, including Asda, Central England Co-operative Ltd, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, The Co-operative Food and M & S. Launch events will take place between July and September 2014 as part of a wider comprehensive Love Food Hate Waste campaign running in each city until March 2016.