Campaign encourages residents to go the extra mile to become food waste savvy

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Residents across Wigan Borough are being encouraged to become more food savvy to reduce the amount of food wasted at home as part of the UK’s second national Food Waste Action Week.

Household food waste has a huge impact on climate change and nationally more than 6.6 million tonnes of food is wasted each year.

Locally, Wigan Council’s waste teams collect around 7,000 tonnes of food waste which has been correctly recycled in the green bin.

However, according to recent figures, it is estimated that across Wigan Borough a further 17,000 tonnes of food – which is around 3,000 times heavier than an average elephant – is still being collected each year from the black bin, meaning it cannot be recycled.

Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, said: “This Food Waste Action Week, I’d like to thank all residents for the amazing work they are doing to recycle more and recycle right.

“This week and into the future, I think we can all challenge ourselves to be a little more food waste savvy.

“Whether that’s by meal planning or getting creative with recipes to use food which would usually go to waste, we can all reduce the amount of food waste we produce.”

Throughout the week, Wigan Council will be sharing its top tips for reducing food waste on its social media channels.

One example of this is utilising the freezer, which has been described by Love Food Hate Waste as ‘the king of the kitchen’.

It’s estimated that by freezing and defrosting just three key meat items that are commonly not used in time – fresh chicken, bacon, and sausages – national waste could be reduced by as much as 15,000 tonnes each year.

Coun Prescott added: “When it’s too late to use food, making sure it’s recycled correctly this would have a hugely positive impact on our planet.”

“If all waste food was correctly placed in the green bin, Wigan Council would save over three quarters of a million pounds each year which could be reinvested to help make our borough even cleaner and greener.” 

Find out more > wigan.gov.uk/recycling