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Zero Waste Week starts

Zero Waste Week, a national waste awareness campaign, is underway.

The campaign, which is in its sixth year, takes place on 2-8 September and the theme is ‘Use it up!’, which focuses on reducing food waste.

Food waste is a hot topic this year, after a significant report from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers claimed that half of the world’s food is wasted in January. WRAP figures indicate that in the UK consumers throw away £6.7bn worth of food a year because it goes off before it is used, costing the average family £50 per week.

This year has also seen calls for a ban on food waste to landfill, statutory food waste targets in the UK, and nationwide food waste collections.

Rachelle Strauss

Rachelle Straus (left), Zero Waste Week founder and organiser, told MRW: “Householders buy too much, store it badly or cook too much. Our culture encourages us to treat food like a disposable commodity rather than a valuable resource.

“With Zero Waste Week you’re invited to think out food waste. There are many methods such as buying unpackaged food in order to buy just the amount you need; menu planning to ensure all those things in the fridge get used up on time and my favourite – replacing the word ‘leftovers’ with ‘ingredients’.”

  • An inquiry into waste prevention in Europe, and progress on the European Commission’s target of halving food waste by 2020, by The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy is ongoing. The sub-committee called for evidence on the issue of tackling food waste in the EU, and ends on 27 Spetember.



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