Love food hate waste!

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!