Council encourages residents and traders to reduce food waste
Release date: 4 July 2016
Food Safety Week runs from 4 to 10 July and Cotswold District Council is encouraging all local businesses and consumers to reduce their food waste.
Cllr Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for the Environment, explains:
“Families throw away about seven million tonnes of edible food each year in the UK and this is worth about £470 per household. Aside from the cost issues, this unnecessary waste has a huge impact on the environment. Decomposing food and vegetable matter in landfill sites produces about 25% of all the world’s methane – a powerful and dangerous greenhouse gas. Additionally, with the global population set to rise to over 9.5 billion by 2050 there are huge pressures on the world’s food production capacity and more need than ever to use foodstuffs wisely.
"Cotswold District Council’s website contains a wealth of information about recycling food waste, including the use of food caddies and composting guidance. Additionally Recycle for Gloucestershire’s website has a special Love Food Hate Waste section which provides tips about storing food to make it last longer and provides many recipes to use up leftovers."
Cllr Coakley adds:
“Every day tonnes of edible fruit and vegetables are discarded because they are simply the wrong shape, have surface blemishes or are out of date. With this in mind, if consumers could think twice about being so picky maybe retailers will be persuaded to offer a greater choice of less than perfect looking fruit and veg – I know that some supermarket chains are already warming to this idea.”
Cotswold District Council’s waste service provider, Ubico Ltd, will empty your Council-supplied food waste container every week if you present it at the kerbside on your collection day. If you do not have a caddy, please contact 01285 623123 and we will provide you with one as soon as possible. For details about what to place in your food caddy, or to check your food waste collection day, see our website.