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!
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
All fully packaged & unopened Non-Home Compostable food waste
All Loose Home Compostable food waste - Unused
All Loose Non-Home Compostable food waste - Unused
All Mixed unsortable Food Waste