Did you know that the average family in the UK throws away around £700 of good food every year?
That’s around £60 a month of shopping!
Here in Blackburn with Darwen, almost half of the ‘rubbish’ in our burgundy bins is food.
A lot of that is fresh fruit and veg, bread, dairy products, rice and pasta that could have been used.
This can be due to:
- Buying too much food in the first place
- Not storing things properly so they go off quickly
- Not eating things in time and cooking too much – especially things like pasta and rice.
Here’s some interesting facts about food waste:
- We spend more than £3m every year sending waste from Blackburn with Darwen to waste to energy
- If we stopped wasting food and drink in the UK, it would have the same CO2 impact as taking 1 in every 4 cars off the roads
- Food waste in bins can attract rats and flies – which spread disease
- If sent to landfill, food waste rots and produces methane gas which is a powerful climate change gas
So, what can you do?
Keeping food out of the bin is good for our pockets and the planet!