Waste less food and save around £470 a year. That’s the message being brought to Stornoway as part of the new food waste campaign from the Scottish Government, which is encouraging people to reduce the amount of food they waste, and start recycling what they can’t use.
As part of a six week national tour through every local authority in Scotland, the free interactive roadshow will bring food waste experts into the heart of communities to answer questions and give advice on the best ways to reduce your food waste, help the environment and save money at the same time.
Free meal planners, storage labels, and handy guides on how to shop smarter, will also be available to help everyone do their bit.
The roadshow will visit:
- Tesco, Stornoway, on Saturday 29 March
- Tesco, Stornoway, on Monday 31 March
As a nation, we waste one fifth of the food we buy every year – most of which could have been avoided. It’s expensive and it’s bad for our environment. 630,000 tonnes of food and drink is thrown away annually – costing Scots over £1billion and creating harmful greenhouse gases. By making small changes and reducing the amount of food thrown away families can save nearly £40 a month.
Cabinet Secretary for the Environment & Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead said:
“If we used up all the food and drink we currently waste, it would cut carbon emissions that would be equal to taking one in four cars off Scotland’s roads. We all waste food without thinking, so we’re encouraging people throughout Fife to head down to the roadshow and learn about the few small changes they can make to cut food waste, save money and help our environment.
“As well as helping people to reduce food waste, the roadshow will show people how to recycle the food they can’t use, by using food waste collection services, or by composting at home where these services aren’t available. By reducing the amount of food that ends up in landfill, we’ll be cutting harmful greenhouse gases.”
With more than one million households in Scotland – that’s over half (53%) of the country - now part of local food waste collection schemes, the food waste campaign also aims to get Scots recycling the foods they can’t use, like banana skins, tea bags and bones.
For Scots who don’t have a local food waste collection, composting is an easy alternative. There are a number of ways to produce compost and there are methods available to suit all lifestyles – go to greenerscotland.org for all the information you need to get started.
The Scottish Government has committed to ambitious climate change targets of a 42 per cent reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2020 and an 80 per cent reduction by 2050. This includes a ban on food waste, from landfill by the end of 2020, which will help reduce emissions.
The national food waste roadshow is supported by TV advertising, outdoor, digital, media, press and social media. Key partnerships with leading retailers and supermarkets are also being developed.
For more tips and information on wasting less food, recycling and local food waste collections services in the Western Isles go to greenerscotland.org