Households are responsible for around 7 million tonnes of food per year and over half of that food has never even made it to a plate! While much has been made of the economic costs of food waste the environmental impact is often overlooked. Landfill sites are the third largest source of methane in the US and decaying food is thought to be the single largest source of materials in landfills that creates methane. While methane pollution is less prevalent than carbon dioxide it is 21 times more effective as a greenhouse gas and therefore poses a far greater risk when it comes to climate change.
This has made us at ACE think about what we as communities can be doing to reduce the amount of food waste we are producing.
There are 5 simple steps you can take towards reducing your food waste:
- Plan – Before you go shopping plan your weeks meals and buy accordingly
- Buy only what you need – buy the appropriate quantities for your meals. Also always check the use by dates of the food you are buying
- Store all of your items appropriately – fruit and most vegetables last much longer when stored in the fridge.
- Get you portion sizes right – most packets of rice or pasta give you information on how much you need per person.
- Store your leftovers – Leftovers from dinner can make the perfect lunch the next day.
There are many fantastic resources around to help households and communities reduce the amount of waste we are producing. Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website for recipe and food waste saving ideas.
ACE are going to be delivering food waste reduction training as a part of our Sustainable Communities Project, and are looking forward to getting the first training sessions underway with the good people of Haringey. If you would like to get involved with or think you wold like some training on waste minimalisation then please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.