The LFHW competition took place between Monday 30th October to Sunday 5th November 2017, as part of the University’s Waste Awareness Week. Catered colleges compete to reduce their plate waste by the greatest percentage compared to the base week earlier in the term!
Over the duration of the week, plate waste decreased by 414kg reflecting a 17% reduction in plate waste weight. Congratulations to winner and recipient of the 'John Turner Trophy' St. Aidan's College, after achieving a 36% reduction in plate waste weight! Collingwood College was also 'highly commended' for its 32% reduction, and Trevelyan's 29% and Van Mildert's 11% reductions were also recognised.
If you eat in college, ask for a smaller portion if a serving looks too large. There are many servery sections that you can return to rather than overloading your plate first time round, and some colleges allow you to go back for seconds after a specified time.
If you cook for yourself, there are lots of steps you can take to eliminate food wastage, including freezing extra portions, keeping stock of best before dates, measuring food before you cook it etc. For more information and a range of handy tips, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.
Have a suggestion for how to reduce food waste around the University? Please fill in the Questions and Suggestions form here.
Why reducing food waste is important
Wasting food is not only a waste of money (a family of four throws away an average of £480 worth of food and drink a year) but it's also very bad for the environment.
Producing, storing and getting the food to our homes uses a lot of energy. It's been calculated that if we stopped wasting all this food and drink we would save the equivalent of at least 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. That's equivalent to taking 1 in 4 cars off UK roads.
Aquarter of all the food we buy ends up being thrown away, when most of it could have been eaten. Imagine buying four bags of food and throwing one away! Most of this food reaches landfill sites where it emits methane, a greenhouse gas that is twenty times more powerful than CO2.
Below you will find information about Haringey Council's 'Love Food, Hate Waste' campaign. You can also download a fantastic free recipe book (see attached files section below).
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Love Food Hate Waste Campaign
To reduce food waste, Haringey Council along with other North London organisations are running a campaign called 'Love Food Hate Waste'. The campaign includes roadshows, workshops, online food waste diaries, local advertising and competitions.
To help reduce your food bill and help the environment just visit the national Love Food Hate Waste website (external link) for lots of tasty recipes and information about:
- getting portion sizes just right
- planning meals
- stocking up on store cupboard essentials
- understanding 'best before' and 'use by' dates
- using leftovers and foods that we usually waste
- storing different types of food to prevent them going to waste
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The Food Lovers Cookbook
A cookery book featuring winning recipes from residents and restaurants across North London has been produced as a result of a recipe competition to showcase a range of tasty meals and snacks made from leftovers.
The cookbook gives leftovers such as old pasta, stale bread and even old tea bags a new lease of life as they are transformed into a series of starters, mains and desserts by 26 budding chefs from across North London.
For a free copy of The Food Lovers Cookbook please see the attached files section.
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