Food Waste Reduction
Reducing household food waste can help the environment because there's less waste going to landfill but it can also save money on food bills.
How to reduce your food waste
In Scotland, householders throw away around 566,000 tonnes of food every year. Most of this is food that was still safe to eat when it was thrown in the general waste bin. If everyone stopped throwing away still-edible food, it would save the same amount of carbon as taking 1 in 5 cars off British roads.
The average Perth & Kinross household fills one third of their general waste bin with food waste - and most of that food is still edible.
There are lots of ways to reduce avoidable food waste, including by planning the food shop, storing food best so that it lasts longest and finding recipes to use up all the ingredients in the kitchen, so that householders can save money on food shopping and help to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
- Watch how to make Lentil Soup
- Watch how to make a Smoothie (To-Feel-A)
- Watch how to make a Smoothie (The Hulk)
- Watch how to make a Smoothie (Summer Sunshine)
- Watch how to make a Smoothie (Jason Vales Berry Banana Crunch)
- Watch how to make a Smoothie (Gym Juice)
- Browse the Waste Less, Save More Online Recipe Book [2Mb], which shares local householders' favourite recipes which creatively use up leftovers and are inspired by regional ingredients. Local businesses and organisations have also contributed their favourite recipe.
Unavoidable food waste - such as vegetable peelings, fruit cores, used tea bags and used coffee grounds - can be recycled (without a garden waste permit) in the kerbside brown bin or composted at home so that it doesn't go to landfill.