Families can save £50 a month on food bills, council claims
Families can slash £50 a month from their food bills, according to Lincolnshire County Council.
It claims freezing food, cutting down on the amount thrown away and using frugal recipes will all contribute to saving households cash and helping the environment.
In Lincolnshire, 87,000 tonnes of food was wasted last year – an average of 120kg person, worth £150m.
People are now being urged to make the most of harvest food in Lincolnshire this autumn by taking up the aims of the Love Food - Hate Waste campaign.
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Grasby councillor Lewis Strange, who is well known in farming circles, is the executive member for waste services and green issues.
The former Brigg Hockey Club player explains: "When we throw away good food, we also throw away the water that’s been used to grow and produce it.
"It takes 100 buckets of water just to produce one loaf of bread.
"When we open the dustbin lid, it’s important to remember the effort and energy that goes into bringing the food to our tables.
"The average family household in the county can save £50 every month by freezing food instead of throwing it away, at the same time as helping the environment."
The council is encouraging people to try recipes online at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com - including a vegetable thai curry and spinach and potato soup – all of which can be frozen to eat another day.
Councillor Strange said: "It’s a great way to use up what’s in the fridge, save money and help the environment too.
"Harvest time is an ideal opportunity to freeze down the quality produce we are lucky to have here in Lincolnshire. Let’s rescue food from the fridge before it’s too late; it’s bread and butter stuff!"
Across the UK, more than seven million tonnes of good food was wasted last year – costing the country a whopping £12-billion.
This avoidable wastage was also responsible for 17 million tonnes of CO2.