Cheshire East Council is urging households to tackle their food waste during the country’s first ‘Food Waste Action Week’.
The council, along with Ansa Environmental Services – the council's wholly-owned environmental services company – is raising awareness of the environmental impact of wasting food and promoting more sustainable choices in support of the Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP) charity’s national campaign, which runs until 7 March.
Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for highways and waste, said: “We are pleased to get behind Food Waste Action Week.
"It is a great way to raise awareness of the harmful effects of food waste on our environment and encourage people to think about the food they are wasting and change wasteful habits.
“Meal planning, home composting and sharing food surpluses are ways in which we can all help to make a difference – small changes can go a long way.”
Household waste is the largest contributor to food waste in the UK totalling 13.6 million tonnes each year.
Globally, food waste generates 22 million tonnes of greenhouse gases – four times more than all aeroplanes put together.
By encouraging households to not waste good food and drink it would have the same positive environmental impact as taking one in four cars off UK roads*.
For more information on Food Waste Awareness Week visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.
You can also download the council’s free Waste Watchers app from the Google Play/Apple Store to learn how you can make a difference to food waste.
If you are part of a group and would like to book a virtual talk with Ansa’s community engagement team on home composting, recycling and/or food waste, you can enquire via email or find out more by looking at our waste and recycling pages.
*Source information Wrap