Scots aim to save £35 a month for waste reduction week

Taking steps to reduce food waste is the main focus for almost 300 activities taking place across Scotland this week. 

23 Nov 12

Schools, local authorities, businesses and community groups are all geared up for the European Week for Waste Reduction, a multi-national drive which runs until this Sunday (25 November). 

Zero Waste Scotland is behind the national coordination of this year’s events, which include apple pressing for surplus fruits organised by Fife Zero Waste Volunteer Group, and the showcasing of a bathtub filled with the food an average household throws away annually by Moray Council. 

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Preventing the amount of waste we produce is about using the resources we have more efficiently.  It’s great to see so many organisations and individuals across Scotland getting behind this initiative.

“Reducing food waste, which could save the average household around £35 every month, shows that preventing waste can save you money.  And with food prices increasing globally, it’s never been so important to make the most of the food you buy. 

“Scots currently throw away 566,000 tonnes of food and drink every year, over two thirds of which could have been avoided through better planning, storing and portioning.  Small changes to our daily habits can really make a significant difference.  The Scottish Government’s national food waste campaign is a great place to find more tips to help you stop wasting food –

“The local events taking place across the country take the messages backed by the Scottish Government to a grass-roots level, and I hope people in communities across Scotland take away as many tips as they can to reduce food waste and save themselves money. 

“Of course not all food waste can be avoided, and for things like vegetable peel and egg shells, it’s important to make use of a food waste recycling collection service, if one is already available to you locally or compost at home where possible.  Zero Waste Scotland is helping support local authorities to roll-out food waste recycling collections across Scotland; so many households should have these in the next few years.”

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