Love Food Hate Waste
If you only
have time on this visit to read the first sentence, this is the
thought we want you to take away: Good food is something to love
and relish, and we can do more to cut how much we waste.
How much do we waste in the UK?
The figures might surprise you!
Research done by Wrap (Waste & Resources Action
show that around a third of all the food we buy in the UK ends up
being thrown away.
Whilst some of this waste isn't edible (for example meat
bones) there's plenty of good food that could have been eaten - if
only we had used it before it went off.
How much money is wasted?
Again, the research shows that the average household spends up
to £400 on food per year that wasn't eaten.
That's the size of the problem on your purse. What about the
Does wasted food impact badly on the environment?
The answer is a definite YES!
the UK we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our
homes each year. Much of this ends up in landfill sites. This
contributes to climate change in two ways.
Firstly, the rotting process of organics releases methane and
CO2 into the air. These are understood to be big causes of climate
change across the globe.
In the UK, landfill sites create around 3% of all the emissions
of these gases. Secondly, producing, transporting and storing food
uses a lot of energy, water and packaging.
Each part of the process creates harmful climate change gases,
for example lorries transporting goods from farms to supermarkets.
It's bad enough that we create these harmful impacts to be able to
get food on our tables.
How much worse is it if we then waste the food itself? Well,
we'd all say it isn't the best way to do things. So, is there
anything practical that we can do at home to enjoy the food we buy
whilst doing our bit to cut how much we waste? Thankfully, there
All 14 Kent councils have joined forces with Wrap on a
great campaign called "Love Food Hate Waste".
Want to know what the campaign looks like? Easy - visit the
Love Food Hate Waste campaign
Why are the Kent councils supporting the campaign?
It's because we want to do more to protect the fragile
environment that we all love and cherish. Climate change is one of
the biggest issues of the age. Anything that makes climate change
worse needs to be tackled.
The councils are Kent County Council, Medway Council and the
district/borough councils of: Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover,
Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Tonbridge &
Malling and Tunbridge Wells.
Our statement of support is that: "All
the councils in Kent and Medway are proud to be among the first to
support the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. Kent is known worldwide
as the "Garden of England".
Our high quality fruit and vegetables are enjoyed and savoured
across the county. It is always sad when such tasty and wonderful
food goes to waste. Cutting food waste also helps to protect the
environment. We wholeheartedly encourage everyone to "Love Food
If you would like practical advice on how you can reduce your
food waste read our Love Food Hate Waste top tips.