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Food waste reminder ahead of festivities

Eat, drink and be merry may be the motto of the Christmas season, but Surrey residents are being reminded to think about food waste. Surrey County Council launched a visual food waste campaign this week as part of the countys 'There are 3R's in Surrey' campaign. Laden with food, a silver service waiter has been posing at Surrey landmarks to highlight the 6kg of uneaten food an average resident throws away each week. Surrey County Council executive member for the environment Peter Martin said: We wanted to illustrate in a very simple way, just how much food is wasted every week in Surrey. This not only costs residents money, but puts pressure on our waste services. In the festive period we are likely to waste even more food as we stock up with provisions ready for a season of feasting and entertaining. While its important to enjoy and celebrate at this time of year, its also really easy to do a few simple things to reduce the amount of food we throw away. The council has launched a free text service for residents, offering regular reminders on how to cut down on food thrown away, such as writing shopping lists and buying items with long use-by dates. Residents simply have to text REDUCE to 83010. Meanwhile 14 Kent councils have united in supporting the national food waste reduction campaign 'Love Food Hate Waste', which has support from celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott. The campaign is offering Christmas recipes and waste reduction tips on its website. www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

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