Some of the new-year resolutions may have already fallen by the wayside but everyone in Worcestershire is being encouraged to Love Food Hate Waste during 2016 to help keep pounds in their pockets.
Research shows that, on average, 37% of households bin in Worcestershire is food waste. For a family this is £700 worth of perfectly good food into the bin over a 12-month period. Who wouldn’t want to change this? Fortunately, the simple but effective advice on offer can help do just that.
The county's online one-stop shop for all things waste prevention http://www.letswasteless.com/ is the place to go for anyone looking to cut what they throw away and, in turn, save cash. It's packed with useful tips.
People looking to feel 'appy' can also download the free Love Food Hate Waste App, which is available for both Apple and Android devices. Included in its many features are:
• Portion planners and meal planning diaries;
• The 'My Kitchen' option that allows users to store reminders of the 'use by' dates of food in fridges and cupboards;
• A shopping list option that alerts users if they have duplicated purchases;
• The 'My Cookbook' section that gives potential master chefs the chance to log their own Love Food Hate Waste recipe creations.
A link for the App can be found via http://www.letswasteless.com/. Those not wanting to download the app need not worry. The website is packed full of useful tips and links to other good online resources.
In addition to the many financial benefits for residents, reducing food waste is not only a real positive for the environment but it will also help cut the amount taxpayers pay to dispose of it through Landfill Taxes. Last year this cost Worcestershire around £5million.
Cllr Anthony Blagg, Worcestershire County Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment, said: "Who wouldn't be happy having some extra cash in their pocket? The additional money saved could go towards a holiday, trip to a music festival or the purchase of a new piece of technology?"
"The best thing about the Love Food Hate Waste campaign is the tips are simple but very effective. The http://www.letswasteless.com/ website has all the information you need and the App, which is available as a free download, is a really useful resource that people can personalise and use all the time.
"One resolution worth making and keeping during 2016 is to reduce what we throw in the bin as it's not only good for the environment but also our bank balances. Why not make this the year we do just that?"