Reducing Food Waste

How to make the most of your food

In North Hertfordshire we throw away over 9,000 tonnes of food from our homes every year. Approximately 1 in 3 bags of food we buy. The average person wastes around £200 in food each year, rising to £700 for a family with children. 
An amazing 660,000 tonnes of bread is thrown away in the UK each year, of which 82% could have been avoided if it was better stored e.g. put into the freezer or the right amount purchased.

More than 80% of food waste is avoidable. The main reasons for throwing away food are:

  • cooking or preparing too much
  • forgetting to freeze or chill food to use later
  • forgetting what food is in the cupboards

How should I use my leftovers?

Download the easy recipes below and make your leftovers into something tasty:

There are more recipes available at Love Food Hate Waste.

Fancy saving £60 a month while helping the environment?

To find out how by making the most of the food you buy, watch a video from WasteAware, a partnership between Hertfordshire County Council and the county’s 10 district and borough councils. It aims to help residents reduce their food waste and save money through four simple steps: plan ahead, store correctly, cook what you need and recycle what you can’t eat.

For more information and to view the video visit