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Scots diners urged to fight the food waste foe

Zero Waste Scotland is calling on Scots to step up to the plate and fight food waste.

2 Sep 19

Flanked by MasterChef champion Gary Maclean and the owner of Glasgow’s Black Sheep Bistro, Angela Loftus, the environmental agency wants punters to use the tools in their arsenal to join the battle to protect Scotland’s environment.

With food waste a key target in addressing the climate emergency, people can play their part when eating out and at home.

Gary Maclean, who is also Scotland’s National Chef, said: “Food waste is a villain that we can fight with small changes to our everyday routines. Making sure that we use what we buy and throw out less is a really big deal in reducing our impact on the planet.”

When we waste food, we also waste all the energy and resources that went into producing, processing, transporting and cooking it. In 2014, Scottish households threw away 600,000 tonnes of food waste.

It is estimated that the Scottish hospitality industry wastes the equivalent of one in every six meals that it serves and costs around £212m a year.

The Scottish Government has set ambitious targets to cut food waste by one third by 2025 from 2013 base levels. Every person is important in the fight as households contribute 61% of Scotland’s food waste figures.

Diners are being urged not to over order in restaurants, to ban garnishes from their plates  and to ask for a doggy bag if they can’t finish their meal.

At home, people can make a contribution by saving leftovers to be reused in other meals or as sandwiches. They can also freeze oversize portions for an easy meal at a later date.

Angela Loftus, owner of the Black Sheep Bistro, said: “We’ve been working with Zero Waste Scotland to reduce the food waste we generate. Our customers love our ‘greener’ approach and are especially pleased to be offered a Good to Go doggy bag. They see it as an extra service, better value and a chance to do the right thing.”

Zero Waste Scotland has made the call for individuals to get involved as part of WRAP’s month-long Guardians of Grub campaign. It also coincides with National Food & Drink Fortnight (from 31 August to 15 September).

Iain Gulland, chief executive at Zero Waste Scotland, said: “In our current climate emergency, it simply isn’t good enough to continue to operate in the wasteful ways of the past. Food waste is a huge contributor to carbon emissions and we can all play a significant role in reducing this impact.

“Whether it is doggy bags to take home, thinking a bit more about what you’re ordering or pre-planning meals, there are a lot of fairly small changes that could make a huge difference to Scotland and the rest of the planet.”

Previous research from Zero Waste Scotland warns that food waste is worse than plastic for climate change. Food waste is a greater cause of global warming because of all the resources and energy that goes into growing and making the food in the first place. If wasted food is then sent to landfill, the impacts are even worse as this produces and emits methane, one of the most damaging greenhouse gases. In the short-term, methane is many times worse than carbon dioxide.

For ideas on ways to cut your food waste visit - https://scotland.lovefoodhatewaste.com/




Notes For Editors

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland through via our social media channels: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


For media enquiries contact:

Jamie MacDonald, PR Manager, Zero Waste Scotland

Email: jamie.macdonald@zerowastescotland.org.uk


Sophie Thirkell, Press Officer, Zero Waste Scotland

Mobile: 07966 284095

Email: sophie.thirkell@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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