What you can do to help save food from being thrown away

Education on Food Waste

If you think about it, it really is crazy how far some of our food items travel around the world to feed our demand. Just imagine the cost: the amount of fuel needed, the pollution, the packaging, the strain on human resources and their land. 

After the food finally gets to us, we end up with heaps of food left-overs, because we are a society of over-producers and over-consumers.

This food usually ends up in landfill, polluting the atmosphere and ground water.

In recent years the government has been encouraging the supermarkets to keep better stock to reduce food waste by making them pay for the disposal of them and this has led to a cooperation between supermarkets and organisations like ours, who's aim is to distribute this excess food, which is still very usable, to people in need.

Tips for saving food from being wasted

  • Shop smart and realistically

  • When cooking, don't over-serve food

  • Save – and actually eat – leftovers. Make stews, soups, curries etc. Buy a slow cooker

  • Store food in the right places

  • Avoid clutter in your fridge, pantry and freezer

  • Treat expiration and sell-by dates as guidelines

  • Keep track of what you throw away

  • Donate to food banks

  • Shop local and support your local farmer or neighbour who sells free range eggs

Figures about food waste in the residual waste stream (black bins) in St Edmundsbury.

Now you can see why reducing food waste is such a massive priority for us!

Up to 7,638 tonnes per annum of waste food is placed into residual bins in St Edmundsbury. As much as 44% of discarded

food waste is still packaged which equates to 3,341 tonnes per annum. Over half (54%) of the food waste

is of a type that can be composted at home using general garden composters (4,162 tonnes per annum).

All fully packaged & unopened Home Compostable food waste


All fully packaged & unopened Non-Home Compostable food waste


All Loose Home Compostable food waste - Unused


All Loose Non-Home Compostable food waste - Unused


All Mixed unsortable Food Waste


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