04 October 2011

County people will have the opportunity to learn how leftover food can be transformed into tasty meals – helping to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

As part of a travelling road show organised by Northamptonshire County Council the roadshow will visit town centres and country parks in the coming weeks.

The initiative is part of the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign which aims to demonstrate how much food householders throw away and, more importantly, how they can reduce this amount.

An estimated 8.3 million tonnes of food goes to landfill every year in the UK, which amounts to about one third of food bought in the shops.

Not only is throwing away good food a waste of money, rotting food in landfill produces greenhouse gases that contribute significantly to climate change. Research suggests that if we stopped wasting food it would have the same environmental benefit as taking one in four cars off the road.

Cllr Ben Smith, county council cabinet member for environment said: “This is about all of us changing our behaviour to make sure that we cut down on the amount of food that is wasted.

“By taking simple measures like planning for meals in advance and using leftovers to make tasty snacks we can cut down on the amount of food waste that goes straight in our bins.

“This is good news for the environment as we’re taking active steps to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. However, another bonus is that, in these tough economic times, taking these simple measures can also be a great way of saving money.”

  • The campaign gives tips on how to cut down waste by measures, such as:Preparing for the week ahead by making a meal plan and writing a shopping list will save money.
  • Measuring out difficult to estimate portions like dried pasta and rice will reduce overcooking.
  • Use up what is short dated and incorporate key ingredients into meal plans.
  • Store food sensibly to maximise its life. Keep fresh fruit and veg in the fridge and freeze meat and fish before they reach their best before date.
  • Cook once and eat twice by making a large family meal such a lasagne and freezing half for another day. Similarly turn leftovers into a brand new meal, for example using cooked veg in a tasty soup.

The road shows will take place on the following dates at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, October 4 – Abington Street, Northampton
  • Wednesday, October 5 – Corby town centre
  • Thursday, October 6 – Swansgate Centre, Wellingborough
  • Tuesday, October 11 – High Street, Daventry
  • Thursday, October 13 – Kettering, ASDA store
  • Friday, October 14 – Towcester farmer’s market
  • Thursday, October 20 – Tesco, Brackley
  • Friday, October 21 – Morrisons, Wellingborough
  • Tuesday, October 25 – Corby town centre
  • Friday, October 28 – Kettering town centre
  • Tuesday, November 1 – High Street, Daventry
  • Thursday, November 3 – Northampton Market
  • Friday, November 4 – Raunds Market

For more information see our Love Food Hate Waste pages or check out the Recycle for Northamptonshire page on Facebook.