Rochdale MP, Tony Lloyd, is backing a campaign raising awareness of household food waste and the steps we can take to help reduce it.
Tony said, “There are 4.5 million tonnes of edible food wasted in UK households each year, that’s enough to fill 3,600 Olympic sized swimming pools. That is an astonishing figure.
“Not only is this costly (to the tune of £3.5 billion a year), it’s also a waste of the environmental resources used to produce it and runs a coach and horses through the UK’s Net Zero goals.
“There are things that we could all be doing to help. The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has some handy tips and advice on their website, including simple steps such as safely freezing extra portions or correctly storing and re-heating leftovers for low cost, low effort meals the next day.
“We can all play our part.”
Food Waste Action Week is taking place this week. Supported by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and led by Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the campaign raises awareness of household food waste and the steps we can take to help reduce it.
This year, the theme of Food Waste Action Week is “Win. Don’t bin”. The aim is to promote the ways people can use more of the food they buy, and how this can help to save them time and money.
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WRAP’s website on Food Waste Action Week, including tips and advice, can be found here