The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is backing a campaign to help reduce food waste.
As part of the UK’s first ever Food Waste Action Week, this week the nation will be challenged to reduce the amount of edible food wasted in homes to as close to zero as possible, with a programme of activities dedicated to offering simple tips and proven strategies to cut waste.
Supported by Defra and led by Waste and Resources Action Programme organisation (WRAP), the week will explore the practical ways in which we can drive down the amount of food we waste and look at why through every avenue – whether you’re a citizen, business or organisation – wasting food makes no sense.
The inaugural Food Waste Action Week will run from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 March 2021, and will bring together organisations from retailers to local authorities, restaurants to manufacturers, and beyond.
Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland, said, “Food waste is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and shockingly 70% of UK food waste occurs in our homes.
“Every day 20 million slices of bread are thrown away in homes across the UK - if we all stopped wasting bread at home for a year, it could do the same for greenhouse gas emissions as planting 5.3 million trees.
“Food Waste Action Week is an incredibly timely and hugely important initiative which everyone can take part in by carrying out simple actions including checking your fridge temperature, using a portion planner, and trying out new recipes to use up leftovers.
“Each of us can make small changes – they all add up to make a big difference for us and our planet.”