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 www.hertsdirect.org/foodwaste