Love Food, Hate Waste this Christmas

The West Berkshire Council and Veolia Environmental Services Waste Minimisation team will be attending Farmers Markets in Newbury and Hungerford this month in support of the national campaign ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ the Waste and to encourage residents to save money and reduce their food waste this Christmas.

A chef will be doing cookery demonstrations using recipes to show ways to use up left over food and waste officers will be providing information and giving away free food measuring tools and recipe books. The team will be visiting: Newbury Farmer’s Market on Sunday 15 December and Hungerford Farmer’s Market on Sunday 22 December.

In the UK we are throwing away 4.2 million tonnes of food and drink annually; the equivalent of six meals per week and this wasted good food and drink is costing the average UK family almost £60 a month.

Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire's Executive Councillor for the Environment, said: “One in three of us think we waste more food at Christmas than at any other time of the year.  We are going to Farmer’s markets in the run up to Christmas to help give advice on planning meals and storing food properly.”

General Manager for Veolia Environmental Services in West Berkshire, Mark Gray, added: “We want to help our residents to reduce the food waste they put in the black bin as it ends up in landfill or energy recovery.  By trying to reduce waste and recycling food waste in the green bin we can save money and help the environment.”

For more information visit www.westberks.gov.uk/waste, email customerservices@westberks.gov.uk or call 01635 519080.

Contacts

For more information please contact:
Keely Gallagher
0203 567 2918 or 07887 942 754
Keely.Gallagher@veolia.com