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 redistribute 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

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

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