North East Lincolnshire Council backs Food Waste Action Week

North East Lincolnshire Council is backing the UK’s first ever Food Waste Action Week in order to highlight the ways in which wasting food harms the environment.

From 1 to 7 March, the council are “calling on everyone to understand the true value of food and to consider the impact of their behaviours.”

According to Love Food Hate Waste, the organisation behind the scheme, “If food waste were a country, it would have the third biggest carbon footprint after the USA and China. Wasted food accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions globally than all of the commercial flights we take each year.”

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said of Food Waste Action Week: “Not many people are aware of the links between food waste and climate change. This new campaign serves to make more people realise the impact wasting food has on the environment.

“It’s amazing to think that if we all stopped wasting bread at home in the UK for a year, it could do the same for greenhouse gas emissions as planting 5.3 million trees.

“We can all help by making small changes – saving one slice of bread, one potato, one drop of milk – they all add up to make a big difference. We’ll be posting more food waste tips on our Facebook page through the week.

“Soon we’ll be announcing more details about our own weekly food waste pilot, the latest step in our overhaul of recycling collections in North East Lincolnshire, where we’re helping households recycle more and waste less.”

Some advice on the scheme’s official website include making a list and planning food portions, lowering your fridge temperature, using up all leftovers and freezing the food you don’t eat.

To join Love Food Hate Waste and get involved, visit their website to find out how you can help.


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