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Fighting Summer food waste

Monday 17 July

Help cut down on food waste this summer

Swale Borough Council are joining a nationwide campaign to help local residents cut down on food waste when they head off on holiday.
The campaign, #TravellersCheck, launches on Monday 17 July. Run by environmental charity Hubbub, the campaign encourages people to check their fridge before going away, and freeze, cook or share food to stop it going to waste. 
#TravellersCheck is supported by 30 local authorities from across the country. As part of their support for the campaign, Swale council are also bringing local partners Biffa, Moat and Optivo on board to help reach even more local residents.
Hubbub’s research[1] found that £12 million of food was thrown away in just the first week of last year’s school summer holidays; in total, more than half a billion pounds’ worth of edible food is thrown away by UK holidaymakers every year. 
Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for environment and rural affairs, said: “Reducing food waste is great for the environment, but it can also save you money.
“This campaign makes it easy to avoid getting rid of edible food when you’re getting ready to go away. We really hope people will follow Hubbub’s advice and make checking their fridge a routine part of their holiday preparations.”
The #TravellersCheck campaign has the following tips for holidaymakers:
•Freeze. Much more food can be frozen than many people think: of those surveyed, the majority didn’t realise you can freeze milk (58%), ham (62%) or hard cheese (63%).
•Cook. Prepare (and freeze!) a homecoming meal or put together a packed lunch to take on your travels, saving you money and hassle.
•Share. If you can’t freeze it or use it, why not share your leftover food? Only 13% of people said they passed on food to neighbours before going away; but 81% of people revealed they’d be happy to receive food from a neighbour.
For more advice from the campaign throughout the summer, follow @SwaleCouncil on Twitter and like the Swale Borough Council page on Facebook. Alternatively, visit www.hubbub.org.uk or www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.
[1] Research conducted by Censuswide for Unilever and Hubbub in June 2016 

Swale Borough Council are joining a nationwide campaign to help local residents cut down on food waste when they head off on holiday.

The campaign, #TravellersCheck, launches on Monday 17 July. Run by environmental charity Hubbub, the campaign encourages people to check their fridge before going away, and freeze, cook or share food to stop it going to waste. 

#TravellersCheck is supported by 30 local authorities from across the country. As part of their support for the campaign, Swale council are also bringing local partner Biffa on board to help reach even more local residents.

Hubbub’s research* found that £12 million of food was thrown away in just the first week of last year’s school summer holidays; in total, more than half a billion pounds’ worth of edible food is thrown away by UK holidaymakers every year. 

Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for environment and rural affairs, said: "Reducing food waste is great for the environment, but it can also save you money.

"This campaign makes it easy to avoid getting rid of edible food when you’re getting ready to go away. We really hope people will follow Hubbub’s advice and make checking their fridge a routine part of their holiday preparations."

The #TravellersCheck campaign has the following tips for holidaymakers:

For more advice from the campaign throughout the summer, follow @SwaleCouncil on Twitter and like the Swale Borough Council page on Facebook. Alternatively, visit www.hubbub.org.uk or www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.

 

*Research conducted by Censuswide for Unilever and Hubbub in June 2016 using a nationally representative sample of 2,000 UK adults.