Love Food Hate Waste

Man and daughter in kitchen

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 Love Food Hate Waste Challenge will be running again in November 2017. If you'd like to get involved, get in touch by emailing r4d@dacorum.gov.uk.

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. 

Previous results

In June 2017 we rolled out Dacorum's Love Food Hate Waste challenge for the second time.

  • A massive 94 per cent of participants found the challenge made them more aware of the food they wasted. 
  • The challenge was rated seven out of 10 for reducing food waste.
  • Participants saved up to £100 during the challenge! On average, those who took part saved £26 over the course of the month, and 84 per cent felt their savings would increase in the future.

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.