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Published on March 18, 2014

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Love Food Hate Waste

• What do we waste? • Who is making the waste? •Why is food waste bad? •What are retailers doing? •What we can do – tips and advice to take home

UK food waste – how much do we waste? * This covers part of the profit sector, and schools; ** incl. other parts of the hospitality and food service sector, other out of home food waste, and pre-factory gate food waste; household figures updated October 2011. NB data for household also includes drink waste, which is not currently available for other sectors

4.4m tonnes 1.4m tonnes 1.4m tonnes 7.2m tonnesTotal food and drink waste Avoidable Possibly Avoidable Unavoidable Household food and drink waste in the UK

Avoidable Prepared, served, or cooked too much Not used in time Why do we waste good food? 4.4m tonnes

All types of food and drink are thrown away The most prominent by weight: • Fresh vegetables and salad • Drink • Fresh fruit • Bakery items – e.g. bread What are we wasting?

0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 1.4 1.6 16-24 25-34 34-44 45-54 55-64 65+ Age group kgperpersonperweek Who throws away the most food?

What and how much are we throwing away each day? 1.6m Bananas 5500 Chickens 5.1m potatoes 1.3m Yoghurts 220,000 Loaves of Bread 660,000 Eggs 1.2m Sausages

~270kg per household per year ~5kg per household per week ~ around 120kg per person per year Average household food waste

Environmental Impact Sending food to landfill generates methane - one of the most harmful greenhouse gases

Environmental Impact  Producing, storing and transporting food uses up a lot of energy and resources =17 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year  If we were to stop wasting food it would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 5 cars off UK roads

The effect of waste on your wallet: UK householders are throwing away £12 billion worth of good food and drink every year  £480 per household per year  £680 per household with children per year  Wasting less = Savings of up to £50 a month The financial costs of food waste

It’s not all bad news...  UK household food waste has fallen by 1.1 million tonnes (13%) since 3 years ago - from 8.3 million tonnes to 7.2 million tonnes, or around a fifth of all food purchased  Avoidable household food waste has reduced by 950,000 tonnes, or 18%, from 5.3 to 4.4 million tonnes – one Wembley Stadium’s worth! But...  As food inflation over this period has been around 20%, although the amount we throw away is much lower (overall 4.4 mt vs 5.3 mt) it is still costing us about the same

What are the retailers doing?

The Courtauld Commitment = A responsibility agreement aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of the grocery retail sector The targets includes the reduction of household food waste

There are over 50 signatories including… BmMore th mmman 300 local authorities in England are also running LFHW initiatives and have avoided spending at least £22m in disposal costs. mmds

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Practical Tips and Advice

Five Key behaviours  It pays to plan  Know your dates  Savvy storage Perfect portions Lovely leftovers

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Planning your meals Save time and money: • Saves money by using up what’s left • Prevents buying things you already have How? • Know what’s in your fridge, freezer and store cupboard • Plan your main meals for the week • Think about potential leftover dishes

Benefits of Planning • Can help get others involved in meal planning and preparation • More nutritionally balanced meals • Less stressful and time-consuming – no need to try and think of things to eat each day • Enables you to cook double and freeze half • Helps use up freezer meals

Know your dates Checking dates saves money and lets you enjoy food at its best • Check the dates on food regularly and use foods with the shortest date first • Freeze for later foods you won’t get round to eating in time

Savvy Storage Storing your food correctly ensures you get the most from the food that you buy – lasting longer and saving you money

Using your Fridge • Keep the fridge at a cool 1 - 5 degrees and chilled food will stay fresh for longer • Our most perishable (and often most expensive) food is kept in the fridge, so keep tabs on their use-by dates • The freezer may be the option for food we won't get round to eating in time

Freezer Myth Buster You can only freeze food on the day of purchase   FALSE Food can be frozen at any point up to the end of the “use by” date

Freezer Myth Buster Frozen food isn’t as good as fresh   FALSE Many foods are frozen at their freshest, e.g. fish and vegetables, so they keep all the goodness “locked” in

Freezer Myth Buster  You can’t freeze dairy foods .   FALSE You can freeze hard cheese, like cheddar and stilton, as well as milk, cream (slightly whipped) and butter

Using your Freezer • Food can THEORETICALLY be stored in the freezer forever – it only deteriorates in quality, not safety • Some foods deteriorate quicker than others For example, chicken lasts longer than yoghurt • Changes in quality include: colour, texture and

Top Freezer Tips • Freeze up to one day before the 'use by' date – try creating home-made ready meals too! • Label your frozen food, including the date • Thaw food in fridge. Or, if you intend to cook it as soon as it's defrosted, you can defrost it in a microwave   • Eat within 24 hours after it’s been defrosted – heat thoroughly

Top Storage Tips 1. Stop veg going mouldy Put a piece of kitchen paper in with the vegetables in the fridge drawer - Any moisture goes in the paper not the vegetables 2. Freezing milk Freeze milk when you have bought too much or are off for a few days! 5 .Cheese Take Cheese out of its wrapper and put in a plastic container - The cheese does not sweat and stays fresh much longer 3 .Stop fruit spoiling Keep an eye on your fruit, separate fruit which is ripening up more quickly than the others 4. Quick Veg Peel and chop carrots, onions, etc, bag them and freeze. When needed, just take out as much as you need and reseal - No more soggy veg at the bottom of your veg box

Perfect portions • Weigh or measure your food – work out the right amount • Avoid piling up the plate with food – encourage people to help themselves from serving dishes • You don’t need any fancy tools – a mug, tablespoon, spaghetti measure or simple scales are all you need

• A Mug Handy for measuring uncooked rice – 1 mug = 4 adults • Tablespoon Good for measuring out portions of rice – 5 tablespoons = 2 children • Handfuls Great for pasta – 2 handfuls = 1 adult • Weighing scales Follow the weight guide on the packet Portions Calculator

Perfect portions guide

Lovely leftovers • Keep for the next day • Freeze as a ‘ready meal’ • Transform into a new meal

What do you do with your leftovers? • What’s your go-to leftovers or throw-together meal?

Five Key behaviours  It pays to plan  Know your dates  Savvy storage  Perfect portions  Lovely leftovers

Thanks for listening! Any questions? Remember to visit: Lovefoodhatewaste.com

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