Cut down on food waste

People across Aberdeenshire are being encouraged to cut down on their food waste to save money and help our environment.

One-fifth of the food and drink we buy ends up being thrown away. This is the equivalent of a family of four having another mouth to feed and avoidable food waste costs the average Scottish household £430 a year.

Two-thirds of the food and drink we waste could be used. This campaign gives simple steps to reduce food waste and save money these include: Checking cupboards and writing a list before shopping; Planning meals in advance; Sensible portion planning; Checking date labelling and storage information; Using up or freezing leftovers.

Every year, avoidable food waste costs the Scottish public £1bn and creates harmful greenhouse gases. Reducing this waste could help cut carbon emissions equal to taking one car in five off Scotland’s roads.

The Scottish Government has committed to ambitious climate change targets of a 42 per cent reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2020 and an 80 per cent reduction by 2050. This includes a ban on food waste, from landfill by the end of 2020, which will help reduce emissions.

Reducing food waste is seven times better for the environment than any recycling option, but sometimes it can’t be avoided and food recycling services are now being rolled out in towns and cities across Scotland.