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Trial boasts 38% cut in family food waste

Seven households across north London who took part in a programme to cut food waste achieved an average reduction of 38%.

The challenge was commissioned by the North London Waste Authority and carried out by Waste Watch, part of the Keep Britain Tidy group.

One household in each of the seven north London boroughs: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest, was provided with one-to-one support and kept a diary over three weeks to record and understand the food they were throwing away and why.

All seven, including Sheila Ghosh above, completed the project and one household managed a 75% reduction. The average reduction in the cost of the weekly food shop was 30%, which NLWA says equates to a saving of £32 per household per week.

Clyde Loakes

Councillor Clyde Loakes, right, chair of North London Waste Authority said: “These amazing results make it clear that the average north London household could save a massive amount every month just by wasting less food – but we shouldn’t forget that the cost of wasted food stretches far beyond the home too.

“Waste disposal costs are rising, making it more expensive for your local council to dispose of it, when the money could be spent on better things, like schools and social care.

“That’s why we’ve put such an intensive effort into working alongside these valiant families who have demonstrated perfectly just how effectively north Londoners can reduce their food waste.”

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