According to research, we throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten.

Each month the average family throws away £60 of food that was bought, but not eaten. Not only is that a waste but it is bad for the environment too.

Food waste can only be disposed of in the rubbish bin and therefore is sent to the Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) where is it incinerated.

Helping you to reduce food waste

Plan your meals and shop to a list. Check what you need before you go shopping and only buy what you need.

Check the use by dates and freeze anything you will not use in time. You can freeze items right up to and including the use by date.

Keep your fridge at the right temperature and store foods correctly. Bread and potatoes are best stored in a cool cupboard, rather than in the fridge. 

Get your portions right. Cooking/serving too much is a common problem so get to know the correct portion size, especially for things like pasta, rice and vegetables.

If you do cook too much food or are not sure what you could make with what's in the fridge, there are some great ideas on these websites - Love Food, Hate Waste, Tesco Realfood

Why food waste cannot go in with garden waste

The garden waste we collect from the kerbside is turned into soil conditioner by a process known as ‘open area windrow’, which is used only for garden waste materials and cannot accept any food or animal waste.

The collected garden waste is shredded and then laid out in a long pile to decompose, usually in the open air and turned frequently to provide oxygen for the micro-organisms that help decompose the material and the high temperatures kill off any harmful microbes, weeds and plant diseases.

Open air windrow composting is generally used for garden waste materials only, and cannot accept food or animal waste. Garden waste containing these other types of material have to be processed using methods such as in-vessel composting (IVC) or anaerobic digestion (AD) in order to comply with the Animal By-Products Regulations.