Wasting food costs Shrewsbury residents millions

Residents across Shrewsbury & Atcham throw away over £21,000,000 worth of food every year! That’s the shocking finding of research from government agency WRAP who have calculated that the average family buys £480 worth of food each year which just gets thrown in the bin!

Not only is it costing us a fortune but its bad for the environment too.  To make food requires huge amounts of energy and water, all of that is for nothing if we dont eat it! Also when food waste ends up in landfill it produces methane gas which contributes to climate change.

Despite the recessions leading to people cutting back and reducing food waste by 13% in the last couple of years alone, the recent hikes in food prices mean that the overall value of the food we waste has remained the same. For alot of hard pressed families this is a huge amount of money and so food waste is a massive social issue not just an environmental one. 

There are two main reasons why we throw away food.  Essentially we just buy too much in the first place and we prepare too much.  Either way we ultimately waste money because we don't use up edible food in time.   So really the key to saving is about good housekeeping.  Simple common sense measures like planning your meals, writing (and sticking to!) a shopping list can save you pounds. Also getting your portions right - take the guess work out of meals and actually measure how much to cook, depending on who's coming for dinner.

With rising food prices, you really can save money in this way.  So visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com to lots of hints, tips and recipe suggestions and you can start saving money immediately.

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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