Friday, 30 November 2012

County council helps Cumbria to prevent food waste in winter

Cumbria County Council and Recycle for Cumbria will be showing shoppers how to “get thrifty and save £50” at road shows in supermarkets across the county from next week.

The partnership team will be holding road shows at supermarkets, and will be advising people on how they can save up to £50 by using left-over food rather than throwing it away, particularly around the Christmas period, where food wastage increases enormously.

The road shows are part of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, a national initiative to reduce food waste in landfill. At the road shows there will be experts on hand to advise how shoppers can avoid wastage, as well as free cards to keep which will detail how different types of food should be stored and frozen, with recipe ideas for unused food.

The road shows will take place in supermarket foyers, from 10am–2pm on the following days:

Wednesday 5 December Whitehaven – Asda, Preston Street

Thursday 6 December Barrow – Tesco, Hindpool Road

Friday 7 December Penrith – Sainsburys, Common Garden Square

Cllr Tim Knowles, Cabinet Member for environment, said “Wasting food costs the average household £480 a year or £680 for a family with children. Statistics unsurprisingly show that a huge amount of food is simply binned during the festive period. These road shows will demonstrate how storing and freezing unused food properly can save people a great deal of money and also contribute to a reduction in the county’s carbon footprint and I strongly encourage shoppers to drop by the stands.”

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