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26th Jun, 2022

Call to reduce food waste as action week begins

RESIDENTS are being encouraged to start their food waste reduction journey.

Worcestershire County Council is supporting the UK’s second annual Food Waste Action Week, launched by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) which begins today (March 7).

The week aims to create lasting change to help halve global food waste by 2030.

Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “All those mouldy loaves of bread and half-eaten bags of salad thrown in the bin are having an impact on the environment and costs.

“We need to take action to reduce avoidable wastage, and value our food.

Food waste makes up over a third of Worcestershire’s household waste equivalent to 4,600 double decker buses or nearly 300 adult blue whales.

The average family throws away £720 worth of perfectly edible food each year and by reducing this amount it can help both the pocket and the environment.

The Council has a set a target of halving its carbon emissions by 2030 and as the waste it disposes of contributes to a large part of the emissions, anything residents can do to reduce waste, particularly food, will help achieve this target.

For further information on Food Waste Action Week and reducing your food waste, please visit www.letswasteless.com

 

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