Tips to help you save food

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

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 redistribute this excess food, which is still very usable.

Tips for saving food from being wasted

  • Shop smart:

    • Check your cupboard before you shop.

    • Plan your meals before you shop.

    • Write a list and only buy what you need.

    • Don't shop when you're hungry!

  • When dishing up food go smaller rather than larger, they can always come back for more.

  • Save (and eat) leftovers.  Have a 'leftovers day' once a week.

  • Buy a slow cooker to make stews, soups and curry.

  • Store food in the right places.

  • Avoid clutter in your fridge, pantry and freezer so you can see what food you have.

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

  • Shop local and support your local independent growers.

Food waste figures for black bins in St Edmundsbury

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  • Over 7.5 tonnes of waste food is placed into black bins in St Edmundsbury very year.

  • 44% of this food is still in its packaging, that's over 3 tonnes every year.

  • Over half (54%) of all food thrown away is of a type that can be composted at home using a general garden composters, that's more than 4 tonnes a year.

  • 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