Date: 14/09/2009 Category: Waste and Recycling
Two of Medway’s largest employers have joined forces to highlight the benefits of reducing food waste. Medway Council and BAE Systems are working in partnership with the government scheme Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) to help make people make the most of the food they buy, which in turn will help families save money. The campaign was launched at BAE Systems in Marconi Way in Rochester on 24 August. Medway Council launched its campaign at its staff canteen, Cafe Sunlight, at Gun Wharf on Monday, 14 September. LFHW research suggests that 6.7 million tonnes of food is thrown away from UK homes each year – a third of the food bought. Officers from Medway Council’s Waste Minimisation Team will offer staff tips and advice to help people make the most of the food they are buying, how to plan meals and shopping lists and how to waste less food. Recipe cards, salad seeds and re-sealable bag clips will also be given away to staff. Employees of both organisations will also have the chance to win a meal for two at a Medway restaurant by writing a winning recipe using leftover food. The winning recipe will be used during the Love Food Hate Waste promotions and will be printed on recipe cards for staff to try at home. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “I am pleased to endorse Medway Council’s support of this excellent campaign “I hope this campaign will encourage our residents to think carefully about the food they purchase and also give them ideas about how to reuse food in new recipes, rather then throwing unused food in the bin. “This campaign should also help them to save some money during these belt-tightening times.” Ray Newman from BAE Systems said: “The Love Food Hate Waste campaign is a great way to encourage not only employees/people to save on waste but to also help to create recipes which they would never have made before with left over food.” Fact File It is estimated that 6.7 million tonnes of food is thrown away by households in the UK every year, most of which could be eaten. Research suggests that about 40 per cent (by weight) of the food thrown away that could have been eaten is fresh fruit and vegetables. Meat and fish, bread and other bakery products, dairy products and rice and pasta are all in the top five most wanted wasted foods.