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Stop Food Waste

Date Released 20 March 2017

 

Stop Food Waste

 Irish households throw away one third of food every week 

New campaign urges Irish people to reduce food waste and make use of brown bin

 Stop Food Waste

Irish households must become more active in preventing food waste and managing their food waste appropriately, according to a new campaign run by the three Regional Waste Management Offices. The campaign, which will run across radio, online and in cinemas, asks householders in Ireland to consider how they can reduce their food waste and to make use of the brown bin which has been phased in across the country on a progressive basis since 2013.

Commenting on the campaign launch, Hugh Coughlan, eastern-midlands regional waste co-ordinator, said: “Irish people are throwing away one third of food purchased every week. In fact, the average family wastes €50 every month on unused food. By making some small changes to food waste habits such as writing shopping lists, meal planning, and using leftovers, householders can save money.”

In addition, the more people are using their brown bins for food waste, the less waste is going to landfill which is better for public health and the environment. If you do not have a brown bin, you could be entitled to one – the easiest way to find out is to ask your waste collection company” Mr. Coughlan added.

The brown bin is ideal for items such as fruit/vegetable peelings, plate leftovers, tea bags/coffee grounds and inedible bread. Some operators also accept light garden waste. Once collected, brown bin material is delivered from homes once a fortnight to a dedicated composting plant where it is specially treated and turned into high quality compost. Ensuring only the right materials go in your brown bin prevents contamination and results in high quality compost for use across Ireland.

Speaking on 9 March 2017 at a Forum on Food Waste organised by the EPA, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Dennis Naughten said, “Food waste is a major national and global problem and we have an environmental and moral obligation to tackle this epidemic now.

 “According to the World Health Organisation each year an estimated one third of all food produced – 1.3 billion tonnes worth approximately $1 trillion – ends up rotting in the bins of consumers and retailers, or spoiling due to poor transportation and harvesting practices. This waste continues as one billion people go undernourished and another one billion go hungry,” he added.  The Minister announced a series of measures he is taking to boost Ireland’s response to the problem of wasted food, including setting up an Action Group on Wasted Food in the Supply Chain.  The Group brings together the major national retailers to agree actions to reduce food waste.

For more information on Food Waste Reduction, composting and how best to use your Brown Bin see http://www.stopfoodwaste.ie/,  www.emwr.ie, www.brownbin.ie, local authority websites, www.facebook.com/bktobasic, and @Stop_Food_Waste on twitter.

 

FOOD MILES – How far does food travel to your table?

 

In Ireland we have a wide range of fruit and vegetables available locally for our cooking pots.

We also use a lot of produce which is transported thousands of air miles to reach our tables, and our bin.  Using locally grown food, you can reduce your foods air miles and support local growers.

Here is a calendar guide for the Fruit and Vegetables which grows in Ireland – Month by Month.

Most vegetables freeze well, so if you want something for later in the year, freeze it now and enjoy it later.

Remember, the best value you will find is when the goods are ‘In Season’. Don’t look for expensive strawberries in January! Stick to the apple and cinnamon tarts!

This September and October include broccoli, beetroot, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, courgettes, potatoes, peppers, spinach, scallions, mushrooms, sweetcorn, iceberg lettuce, onions, tomatoes, coriander, dill, parsley, basil  and maybe some late blueberries, raspberries and strawberries in your meal plans.

Send us your email address to bcarry@meathcoco.ie and we will send you monthly tips including a list of in-season fruit and vegetables, aimed at helping you to LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE

Put LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE in the subject line and we will put you on our mailing list.

 What's in season - bord bia guide