Love Food Hate Waste
Food waste is a major issue. Every year UK households throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink. Some is inedible - such as peelings, cores and bones - but the majority is, or once was, perfectly good food. Little by little, all this waste adds up. Wasting this food costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of almost £60 a month!
Love Food Hate Waste Challenge
The deadline for applications to the 2017 Love Food Hate Waste challenge has now passed. This summer's challenge ends on 3 July 2017.
How the challenge works
- Completing a food waste diary: we will email you a diary to fill out throughout the challenge so that you can log the food you are throwing away and see the results for yourself.
- Food waste reduction tips and advice: official Love Food Hate Waste guidance will be emailed to you in bite-size chunks throughout the duration of the challenge to help you along the way.
- Free Love Food Hate Waste goodies: a pack will be posted to you to help you introduce the food reduction changes that you will be learning about.
- Short 'Before' and 'After' surveys: so that we can see how the challenge helped you.
Once you've completed the challenge you will be a fully fledged Food Saviour and have all the knowledge you need to stop unnecessary food waste, save money and help the environment.
In 2016 we rolled out Dacorum's first Love Food Hate Waste challenge.
- A fantastic 91 per cent of participants agreed that the challenge helped them to save food.
- The challenge was rated seven out of 10 in terms of saving money, with £57 being the average amount saved over the course of the month - in line with official Love Food Hate Waste saving predictions.
Making food waste history
You could save up to £60 a month by following four simple steps:
- Plan ahead
- Store correctly
- Cook what you need
- Recycle what you can't eat.
Watch WasteAware's video below to find out more about how to save money by wasting less food.
Why does our food go to waste in the first place?
- Cooking and preparing too much
- Not using up food in time
- Not eating food before its use-by date.
What foods are we most likely to waste?
The top five include:
- fresh fruit
- meat and fish
- bread and bakery products
- dairy produce
- rice and pasta
How can we prevent food waste and save money?
- Pre-plan meals to avoid unnecessary buying
- Always write a shopping list
- Perfect portions - only cook what you need
- Store and freeze leftovers
- Use up leftovers
Love Food Hate Waste is a national campaign providing handy tips, advice and recipes for leftovers to help everyone waste less food. Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for more information.
You can also view and download Waste not, Want not! (PDF 1.38 MB) a recipe booklet produced by The Astley Cooper School students, which includes hints and tips on how to save food and money. The school was crowned Hertfordshire's food reuse champions after winning a countywide competition to compile a Love Food Hate Waste recipe booklet in 2010.