Cut waste to enjoy a trip to the sun

Published: 20 Jan 2014

Everyone's attention is turning to booking summer holidays and Fylde Council recycling staff say there is an easy way to pay. 
It is never easy to save money, but research shows that wasted food and drink costs the average British family £60 a month. 
Principal waste development officer Sarah Wilson said: "The equivalent of 86m chickens are wasted from British homes every year. It is money that we could all use better on saving for luxuries like holidays rather than throwing good money away. 
"Recycling containers for food have cut food waste by 21 per cent since 2007 and that is a huge step in the right direction. But there is still far more that many of us could do. 
"The main foods being thrown away are fruit, vegetables and bakery goods - and the main reason is that they are past their use-by dates or that we have cooked more than we can eat. 
"There are simple things we can all do that could save the average family £420 by the summer: the simplest is just to plan means, check cupboards and write a shopping list to avoid buying too much. 
"Getting portion sizes right and using any leftovers for the next day's meal are very easy money-saving ideas that will boost the family coffers. 
"Correct storage of food will keep it fresh longer while freezing things that are within 24 hours of their use-by date will also avoid waste. Ignoring basic housekeeping lessons like this is like putting your money into the bin." 
For further information on food waste including top tips on how to waste less and save more, please visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com or download the app.

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