Barnsley Council supports Food Waste Action Week
While 81 per cent of people in the UK say they are concerned about climate change, only 32 per cent see a clear link with wasting food.
Every year in the UK, 6.6 million tonnes of household food is thrown away – creating nearly 25 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, equivalent to 5.4 per cent of the UK’s territorial emissions.
The majority of this is food which could have been eaten and is worth about £60 per month to the average family with two children.
Sarah Clayton, Love Food Hate Waste spokesperson said: “Getting to grips with freezing and defrosting are big factors in preventing food from going to waste at home. Freezing and defrosting three commonly thrown away meat items – fresh chicken, bacon and sausages – could reduce waste of those items by as much as 15,000 tonnes per annum.”
More top tips including portion planning, careful shopping, better storage, understanding ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ labels, loving your leftovers, can be found on the Waste Less South Yorkshire website.
By working together, we can prevent food from being wasted across Barnsley and protect the planet. Keep an eye out for tips on our Everybody think Facebook page.