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Cut down on your food waste

Eat what you buy, don’t throw away any food. Start composting all of your food waste. Contact your council and ask for a food waste bin, if they don’t offer this service pester them until they do.

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Why this pledge is so important

The average UK family throws away £437 each year in food waste. Food waste generates 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide, which accelerates global climate change. By composting your food waste you’ll stop it from going to landfill and realise how much you’re throwing away.

Eliminating global food waste would save 4.4 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, the equivalent of taking one in four cars off the road. Globally, less than 3 per cent of food waste is recycled, which means food waste takes up more than 20 per cent of our landfill.

If wasted food were a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world, after the United States and China.

Planning your meals will help you to cut down on waste, only buy what you really need and don’t be tempted by supermarket offers (it’s their sneaky way of getting you to buy more than you actually need!) Shop loose fruit and veg so you can choose how many pieces of each you buy.

Put any scraps or peelings into a compost bin. Composting is extremely beneficial for the environment because it stops food waste being sent to landfill and is a crucial part of the nitrogen cycle. Plants need nitrogen rich soil to grow and build protein, using compost is one of the most natural ways to achieve this. By returning food waste to a compost heap and not sending it to landfill in a plastic bag, you are helping to contribute to a healthy environment to grow more food!

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