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What you can do to help save food from being thrown away

Education on Food Waste

In recent years the government has been encouraging supermarkets to reduce food waste, this has helped to encourage greater cooperation between supermarkets and organisations like ours, who aim to distribute this excess food, which is still very usable.

Tips for saving food from being wasted

  • Shop smart and realistically

  • When cooking, don't over-serve food

  • Save – and actually eat – leftovers. Make stews, soups, curries etc. Buy a slow cooker

  • Store food in the right places

  • Avoid clutter in your fridge, pantry and freezer

  • Treat Best Before Dates as guidelines (always adhere to Use By Dates)

  • Keep track of what you throw away

  • Donate to food banks

  • Shop local and support your local farmer or neighbour who sells free range eggs

Figures about food waste in the residual waste stream (black bins) in St Edmundsbury.

Now you can see why reducing food waste is such a massive priority for us!

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Up to 7,638 tonnes per annum of waste food is placed into residual bins in St Edmundsbury. As much as 44% of discarded

food waste is still packaged which equates to 3,341 tonnes per annum. Over half (54%) of the food waste

is of a type that can be composted at home using general garden composters (4,162 tonnes per annum).


All fully packaged & unopened Home Compostable food waste

1583.31T

All fully packaged & unopened Non-Home Compostable food waste

1757.81T

All Loose Home Compostable food waste - Unused

2578.61T

All Loose Non-Home Compostable food waste - Unused

1281.83T

All Mixed unsortable Food Waste

436.52T