Food waste action week is 6-12 March. It is a Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) campaign which dedicates a whole week to show simple changes you can make to reduce food waste saving you time and money. Food waste has a significant impact on climate change. WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) states that ‘4.5 million tonnes of edible food is thrown away each year by UK households. Shockingly, 25% of this wasted food is due to cooking, preparing or serving too much - this costs UK households £3.5 billion each year.’ The main benefit for reducing food waste is that it will save you money. The less food you waste the less you would have to buy.
Our tips for reducing food waste:
To help you reduce your food waste here are 3 free apps you can use:
In all units at Essex food they log and keep track of the amount of food waste that is produced. Any food waste produced by the kitchen gets recycled into a food waste bin. This is collected and taken to an anaerobic digester which creates two products: a biogas which gets sent to the national grid for electricity and a compost which farmers can use on their fields. When food is reaching it’s sell by date it is reduced in price to reduce likelihood of it being wasted. Essex Food cooks your food to order and uses a clever menu design to keep their food waste at a minimum. By taking these steps the amount of food wasted in outlets has been reduced by about 15%.
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