Don’t let Christmas hamper your efforts to reduce food waste

Traditional Christmas Dinner Published Monday, 20th December 2021

Worcestershire County Council is calling on people to be less wasteful this festive season.

It has been revealed that, on average, we waste 5 million Christmas puddings, 2 million turkeys, and 74 million mince pies each year in the UK.

Buying too much, cooking more than we need and not making good use of leftovers means extra food waste at Christmas. 

25-30% of global carbon emissions are created by growing and producing the food we eat, so food waste not only wastes money but also impacts the environment.

We all need to be doing all we can to reduce food waste and think about this when we shop. 

Councillor Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “It’s unbelievable that on average each family throws away over £60 worth per household of food at Christmas time.

“We all tend to buy a bit more just in case we run out of food as we have friends and family round at our homes. We’d just like people to think carefully about what they are buying and think ‘do I really need this?  If you have any leftover food, consider what else you could make with the leftovers or store it in the freezer. Finally, I would like to wish everybody a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous new year. ”

Here are our top 3 top tips on reducing Christmas food waste.

  • Plan in advance: Only buy what you really need – do you really need those extra crackers, nuts or dates, ‘because it’s Christmas’
  • Use your freezer as your friend: Freeze what you don’t eat at Christmas to use another day
  • Become a leftovers Champion: Use your leftovers and it doesn’t have to be turkey curry for the next week. There are loads of recipes online.

For further hints and tips about wasting less food, go to the Let's Waste Less website.