This is the equivalent of nearly 20 rubbish trucks full of food being thrown away every day – and throwing food away costs.
On average, residents in West Sussex are binning the equivalent of £20 per month per person – or £70 per month for a family of four!
This is why the West Sussex Waste Partnership is organising a campaign over the coming months to encourage residents to join their fight against food waste.
The campaign will raise awareness on food waste and provide advice on how to ‘be a smart shopper’, ‘freeze with ease’ and ‘love your leftovers’.
To kick off the campaign, MasterChef Champion 2018 Kenny Tutt joined the partnership on Thursday 30 August on Chichester Cathedral Green and on Thursday 6 September at Memorial Gardens, Crawley.
Kenny delivered a culinary masterclass, focusing on how to ‘love your leftovers’, by turning food which may have ended up in the bin into delicious dishes.
In the lead up to the events, Kenny said: “I am thrilled to be working with my local waste partnership on this exciting new campaign and I can’t wait to show fellow residents in West Sussex how to create some quick and easy food from what potentially could have ended up in the bin. There are so many great things you can do with leftovers from vibrant curries to beautiful casseroles or soups, but often people just need a few pointers to get them started.”
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, had expressed excitement to have Kenny headline the events. She further explained: “It’s hard to believe how much of the food we buy is wasted, and that there are a lot of steps we could take to prevent so much of it going in the bin; like prepping and freezing food we aren’t going to use, and shopping smarter so we only buy the things we need.
“It has become more apparent that something needs to be done and we’re hoping that our ‘Fight Against Food Waste’ campaign will stop people from automatically throwing food waste in the bin and will encourage our residents to think before they throw.”
For more information about the campaign, please visit www.wastepreventionwestsussex.