East London Waste Authority
East London Waste Authority

Food waste

Pasta dinner

Food waste costs the average household an enormous £680 every year– most of that could have been eaten if we were more careful with shopping and storing.

East London Waste Authority and your local council supports the national Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) campaign which aims to reduce the astonishing amount of food we waste.

Some food waste is unavoidable – peelings, cores and bones, but in the UK, the equivalent of 1 in every 5 bags of food we buy ends up in the bin.

This is a huge waste of all the energy, water and packaging used in food production, transportation and storage. And throwing food away is bad for the environment. Food is organic waste, and organic waste releases methane if it is buried in landfill sites. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change.

Find out how much food you waste

The most common reasons for wasting food are that we cook and prepare too much and that we don’t use food before it goes past its sell by date.

Step 1:Complete this quiz to find out if you are a food warrior or food waster?

Step 2: Download the free LFHW app. It’s full of helpful tips like portions planners, leftover recipes, meal planners and ways to help you know what you’ve got in your fridge when you’re out shopping. No more extra salad bags and doubled up milk.

What can you do to reduce your food waste? 

There are five simple actions you can do to save up to £50 a month and reduce your food waste at home. Click on the links below for details:

  1. Plan your meals and make a shopping list so you only buy what you need.
  2. Find out about the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates.
  3. Ensure you don’t cook too much to begin with. The LFHW app has perfect portion sizes to help you
  4. Learn to use leftovers creatively. If your bananas are going black, why not blitz them into a smoothie, or freeze them and add to cake batter or muffin mix next time you’re baking?
  5. Store food properly to extend its life. Your fridge should be between 1-5 degrees and remember to keep an eye on use by dates.

And for food that is truly beyond saving (and all those teabags, coffee grounds and egg shells), consider starting up your own home compost bin. It’s easier than you think.

Click on your Borough to discover your nearest Recycling Centre

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