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Love food, hate waste

Why save food?

Your food does its job best when it's on a plate ready to be enjoyed. Saving food saves money and helps to slow down global warming and deforestation. Reducing the amount of food that ends up in the bin also means you can say goodbye to unnecessary packaging waste. If we all make a few small changes and start using up the food we buy, together we can make a big difference.

What’s in it for you? If you are a family of four, you could be saving as much as £70 each month. So there’s a huge opportunity for all of us to cut what we spend at the checkout simply by saving more of the food we buy from the bin... and it’s a lot easier than you might think!

“There’s a huge opportunity for all of us to cut what we spend at the checkout simply by saving more of the food we buy from the bin.”

What to do?

It takes water, energy, fuel and packaging to produce the food we all love and buy. Does it really belong in the bin? Half of the food we throw away can be eaten, keeping it out of the bin is good for our pockets and the planet combined.

Collectively we can make a difference. Here’s what you can do…

Plan your shopping and get more for your money - Save money and be good to the planet, buy just what you are likely to eat. Use this portion planner to work out how much food you and your family need to buy to eat healthily.

Make your food last longer - learn to be a freezer hero, an expert on use-by and best before dates or just organise your fridge to help reduce food waste.

Get more from your shopping, use what you buy - Make your food go further... check out these great leftover food recipes. Quick and easy to use. Use the food you spend your money on. Simple, creative recipes that will help use up your leftovers. Saving you time and money!

Last but not least, compost or recycle it. Not all food waste can be avoided, like meat bones, banana skins or tea bags. So why not try and compost some at home, or use the weekly food waste recycling collection across Buckinghamshire?