Date: 31/01/2008 Category: Waste and Recycling
Schoolchildren in Medway will meet the fictional chef Gordon Le Rotter next month as part of a theatre show to encourage them reduce their food waste. Gordon Le Rotter, an eccentric, travelling chef, will visit four schools on Tuesday, 5 and Thursday, 7 February. The aim is to educate Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils on ways to reduce, reuse and recycle their food waste through smart shopping, storing, planning meals and composting. The schools taking part are: Tuesday, 5 February 10.30am Brompton Westbrook Junior School, Kings Bastion, Gillingham 1.30pm Parkwood Infant School, Deanwood Drive, Gillingham Thursday, 7 February, 9.10am All Saints Primary School, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham 1.30pm Featherby Junior School, Chilham Road, Gillingham Recycle for Kent has commissioned an independent charity called Waste Watch to deliver the shows to 56 eco-schools in Kent and Medway, as part of a national campaign called Love Food Hate Waste. The 45-minute show is designed to provide pupils with a greater environmental awareness and it’s hoped the performance will also help the schools in attaining their next eco-school accreditation. Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: "This is a fun way to encourage children to think about reducing their food waste. "I hope the pupils enjoy these theatre shows and adopt the lessons they have learned when they go home." The Love Food Hate Waste campaign is being run nationally by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) and aims to combat the 6.7million tonnes of food being thrown away unnecessarily every year. Research by WRAP shows on average consumers waste a third of the food they buy, costing each household up to £400 per year on food that isn’t eaten. Food waste is one of the biggest causes of harmful climate change gases and if we stopped wasting all the food that could have been eaten, this would be the same as taking one in five cars off UK roads.