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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 23-Oct-12 09:52:53

CarrieMumsnet is talking about the issue of food waste at an event hosted by Unilever UK soon and she'd love to get your views on the topic.

Here's what Unilever UK says about food waste:
"At Unilever, thinking sustainably is at the heart of everything we do. Now we're working hard with WRAP (Waste and Resource Action Programme) and other organisations across the UK to help people to reduce the amount of food they dispose of. After all, throwing away food wastes money and it's bad for the environment too.
"According to recent research we've commissioned with the Fabian Society, the most trusted source of information about reducing food waste is our friends and family. People listed food going off too quickly, throwing away leftovers and cooking too much food in the first place as the key reasons why they waste food. We'd love to get your thoughts."

On 1st November, our Mumsnet co-founder, Carrie Longton, is going to be joining a number of influencers and experts in the world of sustainability to speak at a morning of debate and insight on the subject of food waste, hosted by Unilever UK.
Here are some questions to get you started - all views welcome:

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?

Everyone who adds their comments to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive £100 cash.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

ScienceRocks Tue 30-Oct-12 14:49:38

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 29-Oct-12 09:51:46

Thanks everyone for your comments. The winner of the prize draw is...

ScienceRocks

Congratulations, I'll PM you to get your details.

nikcname Sun 28-Oct-12 01:03:26

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? Not that much, food waste now goes in regular bin, see below
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? We moved 3 weeks ago from a council who supplied a food caddy for inside then a larger one for outside (for cooked and uncooked food). Council picked it up every week without failWe had to buy green recycle bags, not cheap, however a necessity.Tried to recycle with new council but is so hard it isn't worth it. WE actually find it hard to put food waste in regular bin as it 'feels wrong' won't last though. We only moved a mile away. Mad
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? Overcooking, overestimating what we are having per week, large packs/bogofs that get wasted as they were cheaper in the first place.
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? Varies
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? Menu planning and sticking to it.
* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? Reusing, refrigerating, freezing, making something like spag bol that you can throw anything into
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? menu plan and stick to it
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? See above
* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home? Yes, have done for years, until recent move, see above.

LilQueenie Sun 28-Oct-12 00:42:00

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
at the moment the bin but would like a compost bin. some food is thrown away because it goes off too quick.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
not that Im aware. There are many tax dodgers claiming benefits in the area who are unwilling to spend money on food prefering to take it from supermarket bins.
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
It has gone off
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
bit of both
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
eat what we can or freeze for later
* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
compost it
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
smaller portion sizes and if supermarkets themselves would stop chucking it away instead of lowering the price last minute. Some refuse to do this prefering to take a risk and profit from it*
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
plan in advance what you will cook if possible
* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
yes

BetsyBlingtastic Sun 28-Oct-12 00:24:07

We are pretty good at throwing away a minimum of food. We cook just enough food to eat and dish it up on the plate rather than in serving dishes expecting people may have seconds, so we eat everything at meal times.

I must admit I do like our sink disposal system for veg peelings and was only thinking today that I really need to pull my finger out and schlep down the garden with them to put on the compost heap.

Our council does collect food waste but ours is barely a third of the caddy each week. I find it a pain in the neck frankly to separate it out and get it emptied and keep it and the one in the house clean, for so little to deposit.

We use the Lakeland Stay Fresh Longer bags which are miraculous for keeping veg from going off in the fridge. I do sometimes forget things need using up in the fridge - left over sauces, ready foods that go past their dates etc.

I think we're pretty creative at using food up in made up recipes so overall there's very little waste in our household.

PurpleCrazyHorse Sun 28-Oct-12 00:05:45

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
We have a council provided kitchen caddy with biodegradable bags that go in it. The bags then go in a little caddy outside for collection weekly. I try not to throw too much food away and like to freeze/use leftovers where possible. I feel better about using the food waste recycling rather than just binning food.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes, see above.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Mostly we throw away mouldy bread. I like to buy it for sandwiches but it seems to go off quite quickly. I try to buy smaller loaves but they're not always significantly cheaper, or I buy a normal sized loaf on a special offer.

I often make too much mash potato too! Potatoes being reasonably cheap to buy so I don't weigh or measure out, therefore do one or two extra just to be sure we've got enough.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mostly uncooked - bread being the biggest quantity.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I try to weigh or measure out food so I make the right amount of rice etc. I also freeze left overs or pop them in the fridge for work lunches.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
I'd like to compost it for my own garden rather than put it out for council collection, so I'd gain from my over purchasing!

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Weighing or measuring food out so you don't unintentionally cook more than you need. I freeze or use the next day too. It's a bit of a pain to have the same thing two days in a row, but I'd rather that than waste it. We also try to all eat the same meal at the same sitting, and any food that isn't dished up is brought to the table so you can have seconds. It also means we swap food from a meal amongst ourselves while sat at the table, so DD wants more mash but doesn't want her last sausage, she might swap with DH or I. Saves wasting some of her meal.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
We have a monthly food budget which I withdraw in cash. That is all the money for food for the month and we have to make it last. I sometimes have to use things up in the cupboard and freezer that would otherwise sit there until they go significantly past their use by dates. It's a good way of clearing out your cupboards, and using lots of things up. I also think more about what I buy so I can make specific meals with it and it's not just left in the fridge.

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Yes, good job too grin

notnowbernard Sat 27-Oct-12 21:30:13

Rarely throw food away.

All Big Eaters in our house, DC tend to clear their plates at each meal.

If we over-cook, we'll freeze it or have it again the next day. DP HATES throwing food away... he'll just chuck stuff together in a pan to use it up

We do chuck out tea-bags and coffee grounds though

Council don't offer food waste collection anyway

cather Sat 27-Oct-12 21:24:04

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
We throw very little food away and what gets wasted ends to be fruit and vegetables that go off and these go on the compost heap

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Fruit that goes soft and vegetables that I buy too much of and don't have time to make into soup.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mainly fruit & vegetables

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? I make a lot of soup to use up old vegetables and we eat leftovers

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
I throw very little away but making soup is good for using up veg that is past it's best

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Plan your meals in advance as I find this wastes less food

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Save the plastic containers that spreadable butter comes in or plastic takeaway containers and if you have leftovers at mealtimes put them in the tubs and freeze them so that you have a quick tea for another day.

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
We already compost tea bags

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Fri 26-Oct-12 21:04:59

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?* we dont throw away much food waste, we have a kitchen caddy and the waste goes into the council garden waste bin,, unfortunatly we have a tiny garden so no space for a compost bin.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?* they supply us with a brown wheelie bin that gets collected every other week

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?* out of date (by a lot), mouldy, uneaten

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?* uncooked

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?* I have horses and rabbits that eat veg peelings and any fruit and veg that is on the way out, I try not to buy more than we can eat, I would rather go to the shop every couple of days and top up on fresh food instead of it going to waste, I also have a dog who helps with meat scraps. If we have meat that is going out of date I will cook a big batch of something and freeze it.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?* cooking and freezing

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?* buy less, cook and freeze food

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?* dont buy huge quantities of fresh food.

* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?* yes and we do this

Tweet2tweet Fri 26-Oct-12 14:02:47

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
We try to minimise the food we waste but do throw some away each week. We have a kitchen caddy that goes to the compost bin in the garden. Give bread to the birds at the weekend on walk to the park. Try to freeze anything that's close to it's use by date and won't be eaten on time.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Spur of the moment purchases and BOGOF offers that don't get used in time.
Forgetting what I've bought and then buying double.
Being too exhausted to cook and then having ingredients that have gone to waste (I hate this one, really do).

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
70% uncooked (although most goes into compost) 30% cooked

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
We make sure we try to stick to buying what we need. I do a big cook at the weekend and then freeze meals. Financial pressures mean we need to shop smarter and I feel very bad if food every is thrown into the general bin.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Some easy, quick recipes that involve very little effort for left overs etc.
Better advise on use by dates.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Buy only what you need. Try to resist 'offers' if they can't be frozen and they won't be used. Plan ahead and don't bulk by perishable items.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Make up meals and then freeze. Put the money spent into a jar for the cost of what you are throwing away for a month. At the end of the month total it up- that will make you think twice about throwing things away ;)

* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Yes, we compost our tea bags and coffee grinds

Greenantobe Fri 26-Oct-12 13:32:17

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?

We don't throw away much at all - if I have cooked too much, or the dcs are refusing to eat my culinary creation, I find that the dogs are very willing recipients, which still saves me money on dog food as they then eat less of that!

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?

No

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?

We don't really, unless some salad has gone unnoticed at the bottom of the fridge and has turned into green sludge - this would normally go on the garden though unless it was the middle of the winter!

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?

Mostly uncooked - the dogs will eat anything cooked (and uncooked for that matter!)

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?

A meal planner is a must - and stick to it! We do a monthly shop online for store cupboard basics, then a small weekly shop at a farm shop / butchers / occasionally at the supermarket for the fresh bits we need - I do measure to make sure that I get the right quantities.

Also - feed the dogs leftovers - my vet always says how healthy my dogs are, and they are not overweight as I substitute their food, not give in addition to!

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?

Use on garden, give to dogs, freeze before it gets to the stage of going off, meal plan and only buy what is needed.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?

I think meal planning is key! Also, if I bake a cake for home consumption, I freeze it in slices, so I only take out what I need - and it defrosts quicker too!

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?

Use the freezer and meal plan!

* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?

Yes - I use these on the garden.

stephgr Fri 26-Oct-12 01:00:20

I end up eating most of our "waste" food. Since having children I seem to have morphed into a home disposal unit. We do have a food waste bin from Camden Council for anything which is too "off" for me to eat but they never empty it so it's a waste of space. If my children refuse (without good reason) to eat something they've asked me to buy then I refuse to buy it again (unless it's something I like eating) which helps avoid waste. If I ever end up with more food than we need or than we can store safely, I give it away because I hate waste.

RachelHRD Thu 25-Oct-12 22:38:09

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
No I try to use what we have and think we are reasonably good at limiting food waster - apart from the kids leftovers. I have a kitchen caddy but don't currently use it as our food waste is limited

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes - a weekly service

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Kids leftovers and items past their BB dates

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mostly cooked

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Try not to get sucked in by BOGOF offers and if I do I make sure I freeze any that won't be used straight away

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
As it's mainly kids leftovers which are difficult to predict I don't think we could reduce it

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Use the freezer and items straight from the freezer

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Again make best use of the freezer and bulk cook and freeze

* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Yes

ravenAK Thu 25-Oct-12 22:06:52

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? --Very little waste, what there is goes in caddy then compost
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?--no
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? --forgotten leftovers at back of fridge, school lunchbox waste eg. sandwich crusts
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? --both
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? --I make lots of things like curries & pasta sauces that incorporate veg which needs using. We're veggie. Leftover portions of cooked food are frozen for me to take to work for lunch
* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?-- more time to keep an eye on the fridge! But waste is minimal
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?--don't worry about sell by dates, buy dried stuff & cans in bulk but fresh veg a few times a week
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? --approved food website
* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home? -- yes.

aJumpedUpPantryGirl Thu 25-Oct-12 21:57:20

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?

We throw away very little food.
Any food waste goes into the composter in the garden - we have a large tumbler composter, 5 darleks and 3 pallet-built composters
We have a kitchen caddy that is emptied daily

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes, collected weekly

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Poor planning meaning food is unusable

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Uncooked

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Meal plan so if I buy it I intend to use it

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Very rarely happens, I could batch cook and freeze if there was stuff about to go off

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Mean plan before you shop, or as you are shopping

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Yes, although the bag bits take ages to compost down

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Only peelings / meat bones. Occasional leftovers from DS.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
It's inedible!

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
The only edible food I throw are things like 2 teaspoons of cold scrambled egg, sandwich crusts, mouldy fruit underneath the ripe ones.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I am careful not to buy more than I will eat. I keep a well stocked larder / freezer with food that does not go off, so that if I don't have fresh food there is no issue. I also happily eat food past its sell-by date.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
n/a

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Don't buy so much. I shop on foot or on a bicycle, so it's hard to over buy as it's too heavy to carry home!

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Use your freezer. Buy less processed food - it is not so easy to freeze or turn into other meals. Also buy fewer snacks, so you eat more at meals because you really want them.

* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Yes.

duchesse Thu 25-Oct-12 21:14:06

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?

We actually throw very little away at all- I include food waste recycling. Any food that we throw away go into our kitchen caddy, which I will discuss further down.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?

Yes, it has for about 2 years now (E Devon). Apparently our waste food goes to a digester to be turned into power.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
The only stuff we throw away (as in put in the council food waste caddy) usually is meat bones. These will usually already have been boiled to make stock by the time they go in the food waste caddy. Sometimes we put peelings etc in the food waste collection in the winter when the composter and wormeries are not working as fast as in summer.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?

It is typically only twice cooked bones or peelings that even the animals won't eat!

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?

We eat most of our leftovers. We are actually very good at reprocessing leftover into palatable meals that bear very little evidence of being leftovers (although the children usually spot the ingredients!)

Most fruit and vegetable waste- peelings etc go into our home composting system.

We feed the potato peelings (cooked) to the hens. Any mouldy bread also goes to the hens, along with things like rice or pasta etc that is past its best.

We feed most meat and fish scraps to the dogs and cat. Most vegetable peelings go to the guinea pig or dogs (one of our dogs loves carrot peel, and cabbage stalks and outer leaves. Strange animal)

Very little of our food ends up in the council caddy and none in the main bin.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?

Not wanting to sound big-headed but I think we already maximise our food usage as it is. Can't imagine getting creative with what is left over in our house if it's not even fit for the pets...

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?

Be creative with leftovers! Adapt your menu to accommodate what you have in your fridge. Many things can be used in novel ways and incorporated invisibly into things your children will eat<taps nose mysteriously>

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?

If you eat as much of the food you buy as possible, you will inevitably save money vs throwing it away!

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?

Yes and yes.

Sorry to sound glib. I'm a country girl and we get used to making do and mending and recycling.

Lobelia Thu 25-Oct-12 18:25:01

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go?
If we didn't have a toddler, I feel we would waste very little. Mostly vegetable peels and egg shells go in the bin.
Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
We did in London as the council collected kitchen waste, but here in Brum they do not.
Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No, Birmingham does not offer this service at present.
What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
If my husband is not around, food that toddler doesn't finish that I cannot have (food allergies) then it goes in the bin.
Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Cooked
If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I buy accordingly and eat things with short shelf life quickly.
How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Composting would work, but we are in a rented place.
Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
I make and freeze soups if we can't eat the food quickly enough.
Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Know how to store fruits and veg to get the longest life from them! Lots of info online on this subject.
Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Yes.

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 25-Oct-12 16:31:54

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
I do throw a bit away, but not much. Certainly less than friends and family. WE have a kitchen caddy, which is emptied into our 'green bin' (also contains garden waste), and collected weekly. No smell, even in summer. I pay to have the big bin cleaned every fortnight, but hose it out the other week over the height of summer.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Bad planning , really! Buying too much food, or the 'wrong' food (not what we fancy, or that takes too long to cook), or forgetting that we have plans, changing plans when we have already bought in food.
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Uncooked. Things like 1/3 bag of kale, that kind of thing.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I batch cook, and freeze meals/servings. Plus I take best before/use by as the loosest of advice!

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Ignore best before/sell by dates and use common sense.

* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home? Yup.

captainmummy Thu 25-Oct-12 15:58:11

ROund here the council have jsut started a new composting drive - we have a kitchen bin, and an outside bin - both for kitchen waste. They suggest scraping plates, veg peeelings, teabags, bones and meat etc. I use it just for ends-of-loaves (when I have just tooo many breadcrumbs in the freezer) and bits of meat and stuff that I cant put in my garden compost bin. Only problem seems to be that the outside bin is vulnerable to foxes and rats, (being only plastic) and some people have been put off by the swarms of flies.

I don;t throw away much; i make soup, and keep an eye on what needs using-up in the fridge.

kellestar Thu 25-Oct-12 15:47:40

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
We do throw some stuff away, we have a caddy in the kitchen. We do have a compost bin.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes they do, I compost most of the vegetable offcuts and teabags. In the council bin I put the cooked food and raw meat offcuts and other bits and bobs that I don't want in the compost bin.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
It's a mix of offcuts, vegetable peelings, rotten fruit/veg and the odd meal leftovers that are from re-heated leftovers. We don't throw that much away to be fair as we are quite sensitive about food waste.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
mainly uncooked with the odd bit of cooked food.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?*
I don't tend to throw much food away. I shop twice a week and make sure we don't over purchase, unless it's something I can quickly prepare into a meal and freeze [awaiting the reduced pumpkins, for pumpkin soup]. I mark and label things before freezing to make sure I use it within time. I hate to see food waste.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?*
I think I'm quite efficient and don't waste much. The little that we throw away really isn't fit for use.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?*
Planning and preparation. I sound like my gran smile I meal plan, buy accordingly and freeze extra portions.

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Yes and I do. DH drinks lots of tea and he makes plenty of offerings to the compost heap. He also brings them home from work, sometimes we have to put them in the council bin, as there are way too many for the compost bin to cope with wink.

I know my mother fills her bin every week, she always puts things she bought that were on offer and were never eaten. She has a chest freezer that could be put to good use, except it's full of her other bargains, like turkey mince [she didn't like it] but she has 4 more packs that I know will never get used. It wastes money not only has she bought an item she's not likely to use, but also the electricity costs of freezing it. I think that's why I am more aware of food waste.

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Yes we throw away too much food - mainly fruit and salad items that are no good for use but we do waste other items.

Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
yes

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Usually food that hasn't been eaten before the sell by date. If we have meal planned and then fancy something different for dinner food is wasted. Also I sometimes buy too much.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Uncooked plus fruit/veg

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I do throw away too much!

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
I could cook more of it and freeze it to use, or in the event of fresh items I should meal plan and stick to it.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Throw all your leftovers into a slow cooker, add some liquid and you have a meal! I also make bubble and squeek a lot with left over veg.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Buy in bulk, cook batches of meals and freeze then there is no waste.

* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
No I didnt. Thank you for letting me know.

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
We have a food waste collection service through our local council.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?*
Gone off/Cooked more than we need. Veggies that have been kept in their plastic containers and gone off.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Uncooked

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
We try to do smaller shops for what we need during the week rather than a large shop.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
I'm not sure. Food is generally unfit for human consumption when we throw it away. Having a better understanding of use by dates and how long after that date you could safely eat the food might be useful.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Only buy what you need. I weigh out foods such as pasta to avoid cooking too much.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Writing a meal plan and actually sticking to it. The two do not always go hand in hand!

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Yes all our teabags go either in the council food waste bin or on the compost heap.

orangina Thu 25-Oct-12 13:55:23

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
We try to keep the food we throw away to a minimum. Food waste goes into a bin. We live in a flat in the middle of a city, so no garden/compost heap, and no food waste collection service.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No it doesn't.
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Usually because we have forgotten about it. I rarely over-buy, and on the whole and pretty good about checking dates and either using or freezing.
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mainly forgotten left overs at the back of the fridge.
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I try not to buy more than I need, and also try to be vaguely creative in using up what we have for evening meals. I will also freeze food, or cook and freeze.
* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
We tend to throw out forgotten left overs (when we are extra busy with Life), so just remembering them would be a start!
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Don't shop when you are hungry and learn how to make soup!
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Keep an open mind, buy what is on special offer and USE it!
* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
I would have guessed so, but we don't compost or have a local council food waste scheme.

To be honest, I don't know how people can afford to buy food and throw it away. I do it occasionally, and really HATE it. I am also not wedded to sell-by dates.

MyLifeIsStillChaotic Thu 25-Oct-12 13:41:29

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
I do not throw away much food at all. I pride myself on it actually, I hate waste.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Not now. There was a big drive on kitchen caddies/compost bins a few years ago but I don't think anyone took it up so that stopped bothering and saved the money they were spending on trying to push it. I know that normal recycling rates are quite high though, so maybe they just stuck to concentrating on that?

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
I will only ever throw food away if it's off. Usually dairy. However I also try to use it up before it spoils, such as if I have a tub of cream that's nearing it's end I will do a stroganoff for example.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
On the ocassion I throw food away it is uncooked. I always use leftovers for lunch the following day. In fact I sometimes cook extra on a night deliberately, as I prefer a proper meal for lunch than a sandwich!

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? I meal plan. I write my meal plan on one side of my notebook and then the ingredients I need on the other side - this means I only buy what I need for each meal and then bits for the cupboard for snack/restocking herbs etc.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Cook it! If I have tomatoes that are soft and past their best I slow raost them in the oven with a drizzle of oil and some sage or basil. These are great in pasta dishes, omlettes, salads etc. I had some bacon which had got to it's sell by date without me realising so I cooked it all and put some in our tea that night and put some in an omlette the next morning for my husband's breakfast

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Don't buy so much! I recommend meal planning as the best way to not waste food. if you don't need it, don't buy it.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
[broken record emoticon] Meal plan

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Yes I did. We don't have a compost bin as we don't have a garden, but I do know what can be composted.

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