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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

DameMargotFountain Tue 23-Oct-12 10:09:01

oooh mine and DHs current hot topic!

we've recently been allocated a special food-waste recycling bin by the borough council - a bin within a bin which you also have to use corn-starch liners in.

i will not use it.

ever.

in the most recent community newspaper, the collection of food waste is being hailed as a success due to the weight of food collected, yet there has been no encouragement/initiative for how to avoid food waste at all.

our town now has a food bank ffs, people are relying on donated food yet the council is celebrating how much food we're discarding.

yes, i know people think it's surplus to their own requirements, it's their choice etc etc, but i'd far rather we talked about how to reduce waste and reuse our leftovers.

MainlyMaynie Tue 23-Oct-12 10:11:57

I have found our food waste has reduced hugely since we moved abroad. We used to get a big Tesco delivery once a week and ended up throwing loads away. Here we visit the shop nearly every day and throw away very little. Local shopping more regularly seems to be a great way to reduce food waste. The stuff we used to throw away was mostly vegetables and other fridge stuff, which we bought without meal planning.

lucyellenmum Tue 23-Oct-12 10:12:04

No compost bin here, but on list for allotment, so we will have one then!

No food waste collection - frustrating, but our local council (im in kent) are, i believe, very poor when it comes to facilitating recycling at all levels,.

Was in tesco this weekend - one of the guys was walking around at closing time (sunday) trying to sell sandwhiches at 15p each, thanks very much. I asked what would happen to the trolley full of sandwhiches that would clearly not sell - thrown away. The member of staff said this happens regularly when they over order on things, I asked why they couldn't be distributed to the homeless. I think this highlights how supermarkets are not playing a part in reducing waste.

lucyellenmum Tue 23-Oct-12 10:13:33

Dame margot, that is an excellent point, well made!

ShatnersBassoon Tue 23-Oct-12 10:21:47

We put all uncooked food waste eg potato peel, apple cores etc in the compost in the garden. All cooked food waste has to go in the regular household waste bin with packaging etc. The council doesn't have any compost collection.

We don't throw much food away, only things like leftovers that have been prodded around on a plate ie if it didn't leave the pan/cooking dish, it's good to keep. We manage to avoid lots of waste because DH is one of those people that will eat anything put in front of him, so he doesn't mind if he has a small bit of leftover lasagne with some baked beans to bulk it out. Also one of the children has a minuscule appetite, so even the smallest amount of leftover food will be kept.

The only regular food waste we have is when DH has been shopping unsupervised and buys an exotic fruit or veg. It invariably gets put in the fridge drawer, ignored, then into the composter. We like to think it adds something special to our compost confused

mumnosbest Tue 23-Oct-12 10:22:21

Wasted food is my pet hate!

Every other weekend we go to DSis for Sunday roast. She has learnt that she gets a telling off if she throws all the extra veg and chicken carcass (still covered in meat as she only likes the breast meat) away. Instead she sticks it all in a big dish (bones and all) and it goes straight into my slow cooker for a casserole, sorting Monday's dinner for 5 at mine!

I also hate to see the reduced food at the supermarket as I know so much will end up in the bin. So much of it can be used or frozen.

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
We waste very little food. I should get a composter but hate worms
Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No
What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Kids leaving dinners. Forgetting I have something at the back of the fridge.

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?
Extra food is frozen or kept for lunch the next day. Any fruit or veg goes to the guineapig, meat scraps to the cat, left over pasta (including spaghetti hoops), potatoe etc goes out for the birds.
How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Slow cooker - soups and caseroles and having pets that eat anything.
Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
I take DH shopping and we plan meals for the week so we only buy what we need.
Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
As above^ DH is very stingy careful with money so if I take him shopping I don't overspend.
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 but if you empty them out aroud your roses, they love them. Egg shells are good to keep slugs and snails off your plants too.

HeathRobinson Tue 23-Oct-12 10:22:31

I think being able to buy smaller portions of food would be good, without paying a premium for it. Sometimes you just want one of a thing. Or for single people or people who have a reduced appetite don't want to buy so much.

lionheart Tue 23-Oct-12 10:22:57

Local shopping helps, I think. We don't throw away as much as we used to because we just buy less in one go.
* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go?

Waste goes in the general bin (well-wrapped).

Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? No and no. There was a kitchen caddy at the holiday cottage where we stayed this summer and I wasn't too keen on it but they did have a collection service so we stuck to it.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? No
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? leftovers or out of date.
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? Mainly cooked.
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? By not going bananas in the supermarket.
* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? If I had culinary skills I would know how to make a second meal out of the first. Making the first meal is pushing my limits already tbh.
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? I try to give some stuff away, if, for example I've been tempted by a bogoff deal or something.
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? I find that supermarket deliveries often mean a short sell by date and this adds to waste so I am careful about not buying too much fresh produce online.
* 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

CMOTDibbler Tue 23-Oct-12 10:28:26

We try hard to reduce food waste by checking what we have, making soup from any dodgy veg, freezing half the loaf of bread as we don't get through it fast etc.

What is generated is either composted directly, or bokashi composted (this allows you to compost cooked food, meat, dairy).

Our local council does food waste collection weekly, and you can buy the resulting compost at a very reasonable rate. They promote food waste reduction heavily too.

Margot, excellent point.

Scrapping best before dates on food would save a lot of wastage...people should be able to tell if something fresh is edible or not by the way it looks/smells/feels.

A few months ago, for an entire month, I listed every scrap of food we threw away, it helped me to shop & store food smarter (most of the waste was yogurts or mouldy bread).
So we buy very little fresh veg (most of it tastes alright frozen) unless it's for a specific meal (cauliflower cheese for example) or the pet rabbits.

We also save on wastage by not buying products from brands like Unilever who test on animals wink

hugandroll Tue 23-Oct-12 10:29:46

I must admit I do waste food. I try not to, but I do. I have an anxiety disorder around the health of my family so stick stringently to use by dates and this is where the majority of my waste comes from. This should reduce when ds2 is fully weaned as its mainly where a family of 3 has to buy food for a family of 4 if you use supermarkets (which we have to as cannot afford the butcher and local shops).

It goes in a food caddy which is provided by our council which is good but I do wish I wasn't so wasteful. The food is mainly uncooked as its, for example, the fourth breast of chicken that we dont yet need in a meal that is left in the fridge to use another time but then it goes off because we dont have a meal that needs one chicken breast.

I also put teabags in the caddy as the information leaflet our council provided informed us we could. I would prefer information on how to reduce waste, I will also try a butcher for my meat and buy what I need to see if it does end up cheaper (doubt it though).

I will add my wastage has dramatically reduced since I started shopping at tesco rather than asda as their use by dates are much longer.

LadyMaryCreepyCrawley Tue 23-Oct-12 10:35:16

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
I usually put it into the black bin which goes to landfill. In my defence, I don't thow a great deal out. It's usually 1/3 full when they empty it every 2 weeks.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Not really. All food waste, plastic bottles, plastic tubs and cardboard go into one bin.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
because it's off/uneaten.

* 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 freeze a lot, and don't buy more food then we need if I buy a chicken, it is used for more than one meal.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Good planning. A chicken can last for 3 days, so it's possible to make 3 meals out of it. I ignore the sell by dates on veg, if they look OK then I'll cook them.

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

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? 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, even though I don't drink tea!

EauRouge Tue 23-Oct-12 10:36:42

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? We throw away very little food and what does go off goes into out home compost bin.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? Not a dedicated food one but they do sell cheap compost bins and I think we can put kitchen scraps in our garden waste bin.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? Not sticking to the meal plan.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? We don't often throw out food but when we do it's almost always salad.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? Meal planning and sticking to the shopping list, and going through the fridge every day. If something is about to go off then I cook it and freeze it to use another day.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? Don't know since it's usually lettuce.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Smaller portions available at supermarkets. I don't always want to BOGOF if I'm going to end up throwing something out, I'd rather have 1 of something for half the price.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Plan, plan, plan and don't deviate from your shopping list.

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 drink gallons of tea. Coffee grounds can also go in the compost bin or straight on the beds to discourage slugs.

HeathRobinson Tue 23-Oct-12 10:37:58

I do throw away some food. Food waste can go in either our green waste bin or the normal bin. The council doesn't offer a food waste collection service. But I did get a Green Cone from the council a few years ago. That's good for all food waste.

Main reasons for throwing food away - cooked a bit too much food or something left too long in the fridge. More of the former, I think. One dc just left home, still adjusting quantities!

I do compost tea bags in our composter, as well as the normal stuff.

I'd like to have a pig to eat all the left over veg!

missymoomoomee Tue 23-Oct-12 10:49:27

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

I used to throw away quite a large amount of food, I have recently invested in a compost bin as I am going to start growing vegetables.

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

No, they used to but stopped because no-one did it.

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

Before I bought my compost bin I threw away food because I either made too much food, or my youngest would drop a lot of food onto the floor.

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

Cooked, mainly but also a fair bit of veg bought at the start of the week that didn't last until the end of the week.

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

I have now started cooking enough for 2 meals and freezing half rather than cook a bit more than I need and throw the excess 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?

I could have frozen food. I also could have planned meals better rather than buying shopping at the start of the week and cooking whats most convenient rather than planning according to use by dates.

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

As above, meal plans, if you get a weekly shop, freezing meals, using leftovers in other meals, I am also trying to grow my own vegetables and I'm hoping that will reduce waste as well.

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

I deliberatly overcook now. I cook twice as much as I need and freeze half of 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 didn't, but I do now.

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go?
We don't throw a lot of food away, but it goes straight into the normal waste bin.
Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
No, because we don't garden so wouldn't use it.
Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No, Birmingham Council is really bad at organising recycling.
What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Cooked food that hasn't been eaten, or hubby has bought all the bread reduced to 5p and not remembered to freeze it.
Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mostly cooked food.
If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
We stick to a meal planner.
How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
If we were gardeners I would compost it.
Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Buy good quality food and have a meal planner for the week. Our food may go straight in the bin, but as we only leave a binbag out for the binmen every 2-3 weeks I think we're doing something right.
Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Buy good quality food and have a meal planner for the week
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.

Indith Tue 23-Oct-12 10:59:24

* 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 much away, there certainly doens't tend to be food left over from meals so it is just stuff the baby has dropped and veg peelings etc. We do have a compost bin, it tends to get filled by grass cuttings and the like though. We vary between chucking the food waste and composting it.

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

No. My mum and dad's does and I think it is fantastic.

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

Mainly veg peelings and stuff the baby has dropped and not eaten after smearing it everywhere. Occasionally a green pepper that has festered at the back of the fridge.

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

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

Eat what we have before buying more so either menu plan and shop accordingly or buy what meat and veg is on offer and plan meals around 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?

Composting probably. But I don't really have much of a garden for it which is why a food collection service would be great.

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

Plan what you are going to eat (see above) and when you do cook cook sensible amounts, you don't need to cook extra just in case someone wants seconds as they can have pudding or if there is some leftovers then if there is enough for someone to have for lunch tomorrow save it and have some pudding instead of taking seconds just because it is there and then leaving a piddly little bit that will get thrown away because it isn't enough to keep.
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?

plan plan plan. buy and freeze. if you have fruit that won't ripen or is about to go off then stew it for puddings.

* 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.

nottersgotterdog Tue 23-Oct-12 11:02:11

* 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 very much food away at all. Food waste goes in the dog/the bin!

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

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

If I've got something out of the freezer, and DH has forgotten to give it to the children, or we are out unexpectedly.

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

Probably about 50:50, but it is minimal

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

Do a lot of batch cooking, so portion control is already taken care of. Overcook Sunday lunch for an easy Monday tea.

* 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 its circumstantial, rather than bad planning. I always use food if I can.

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

Batch cooking as I said, using any bits and pieces left in the fridge - my bolognaise can have anything from celery to peppers to mushrooms, depending on what there is left.

I also make soup once a week with any outstanding veg before I do my weekly shop.

I regularly defrost and review the contents of my freezers and plan meals around them.

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

Meal plan, buy what you need, micro-manage your fridge and freezer

* 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 don't really throw much away. Our council takes away waste food in our gardening wheelie bin, which helps. I think the fact that I cook fresh food and get food portions right for everybody helps. I boil chickens whole so that I can get all the meat off and use the stock for risotto or sauce. I put used coffee grounds around tomato plants. Everything EauRouge has said.

I think my generation, most of us, are quite savvy with not wasting food. My Mum's generation (Mum is early 60's) do not seem as good with waste management and cook far too much for dinners and entertaining that then ends up in the bin. I was rubbish with managing food waste in my twenties, but now I hate food waste and make sure I don't!

Flippityjig Tue 23-Oct-12 11:13:27

* 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, I try to use up everything, either by eating left overs cold or fried up the next day and also by not buying too much. Any food waste goes in the bin. I have a kitchen caddy and compost bin but don't use it at present.

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Because the food has gone off (but this happens rarely - I either freeze it or use it up before it goes off).

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

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
By only buying what I need and using it up in some way. e.g. frying up leftover veg.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Plan better - but I rarely throw food away.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Only buy what you need. Meal planning.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Heat up left overs.

* 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 will come back to this, but I think one of the biggest problems is that it is almost impossible to buy food by weight now, even good food. So, I might want 3 chicken thighs and a couple of servings of green beans, but that's impossible to buy.

iwantavuvezela Tue 23-Oct-12 11:22:08

This subject is one I feel passionate about! Perhaps it is coming (originally from Africa) where there are many people living on the streets, or even working in homes etc who are not able to feed themselves properly, go hungry. This has left me with a deep inbred feeling of not wasting food. I used to keep all food that might not be able to be used to give out to children/people on the streets. So in asnwer to your questions:

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

All food leftovers (banana peels, vegetable peelings, scrapings from plates) go into the food caddy. This is mostly food that does need to go into the recycling food bin.

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

Yes. This is done weekly, and we are also given those bio-degradable bags to use in the food bins. I keep mine in the kitchen, and when full, empty into the garden/food waste general bin outside.

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

These are sometimes child related. Serving up for my duaghter, and or her friends, i might need to throw away what they dont eat. I do try and get portions right for children, but could be accused at times of serving too much, and therefore having to ditch some of the food. We have a small fridge, and sometimes food gets "lost", and I find a wilted cucumber / potatoes growing alien like objects out of their heads, and these need to be ditched. Sometimes life gets in teh way, we have some food that could be eaten, and then might not be at home for two days dinner in a row and it is no longer edible.

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

I would say it is a mixtgure. Asd mentioned it might be cooked bits that are uneaten on plates / and food that sometimes goes off. Sometimes fruit bought at the market doesnt last long, and on a particularly hot week I might find that strawberries or grapes have gone off and need to be thrown away.

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

We eat it! I try to cook food in order of what is in the fridge. MAke a note what there is, and then cook around that so that it is used up. Every third or fourth night i merely recycle everything in the fridge that needs eating and am not too worried about hte combinations, but dont cook more food until it is eaten. I try to be aware of "sell by/use by dates" of food in the fridge so be aware of what needs to be eaten. Buy more frequently fresh veg and fruit so that it doesnt go off by having too much. Smaller more frequent online shops help me with this.

* 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 mentioned in the answer above, i just serve it all at once - all the bits and pieces and we eat that for a meal to make use of what there is. So there might be a small portion of pasta / a small or half portion of bolognaise / some potatoes etc etc, these are all used. I often make something like a big bolonaise and throw all bits of food that need to be eaten into it - any veg on its last legs, and bits of anything esle!

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?*
Just to be conscious of what I already have (fresh and de frosted) and to buy consciously what is needed.

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

I think once again my answer remains the same

* 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 regularly

MissRee Tue 23-Oct-12 11:27:30

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

I try not to throw too much food away. Food waste goes into the normal kitchen rubbish. I don't have a caddy or a compost bin as I live in a flat without a garden.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?

Local council are pretty shocking when it comes to recycling - they collect paper, plastic and tin and thats it. We're still on a bin-bag system, not even wheely-bins! No food waste collection at all and I don't think there are any plans for it.

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

Unexpected nights out and forgetting use-by dates!

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

Uncooked mostly.

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

I manage to keep waste to a minimum by freezing any leftovers where possible and trying to remember to chuck stuff in the freezer if I think we're going to miss the use-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?

I need to start making more soups and casseroles to use up veg that may be past its best.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?

Not really - other than freezing leftovers and stuff that might go out of date soon.

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

Shop more often instead of doing a big shop every so often!

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 don't have food waste collection.

Pascha Tue 23-Oct-12 11:37:12

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Not so much really. Gone off veg goes in the compost bin, cooked food waste and uncompostable stuff goes down the macerator.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?*
Hahahahaha No. My local council doesn't offer any doorstep recycling whatsoever to our area. The towns get a basic recycling box but nobody is interested in helping the villages recycle without traipsing to the tip.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Its gone off before I've had the chance to cook it.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Scrapings from the plate I suppose, or gone off veg. Very little else.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
By buying only for specific meals and snacks for a week.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Eat it sooner? Not sure what else there is to do. All the food in my bin is uneatable at the point I throw it away.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Buy less food.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Buy 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?
Again, hahahahaha at a council provided food waste collection scheme. They go down the macerator*

letticepetticoat Tue 23-Oct-12 11:37:21

I find meal planning has stopped any food wastage in our house.I plan two meals per week around potatoes, two rice and two pasta, and we have roast dinner on Sundays.Meat is bought once every two weeks in bulk from Asda home delivery,then frozen and defrosted overnight for a particular planned meal.I buy many more frozen veg than I used to.I hate the fact that supermarkets will only keep 'perfect' fruit and veg.I was in a local greengrocer the other day and they had Egremont Russet apples-far tastier than Golden Delicious or other supermarket favourites,and they looked like apples should-not perfect! I think I partly abhor food waste because my parents grew up during the war and my Dad in particular came from a large family where there was not enough to eat. He and his brothers had to work on a small holding from an early age to supplement their rations, and so still value food as a precious commodity not to be wasted.I don't know how home economics is taught in schools these days,but I think we are doing our children a disservice if we don't educate them in this area-If I waste food I may as well put money straight in the bin!The amount of food wasted by the big supermarkets is truly disgusting.

StainlessSteelCat Tue 23-Oct-12 11:43:36

* 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 far too much. All food waste goes in kitchen caddy (with liner). We don't have a compost heap; we would like one but our garden is small and we would be able to smell it in the summer.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
We live in Manchester, they give us a kitchen caddy and free liners (tie one onto handle of green bin to get another roll) and collect the green bin once a week. The green bin is for all food waste and garden waste, and is large. I think it's a great service, partly because it's simple. Any food item can go in the caddy, including bones, coffee grounds ... I can't think of any food stuff that can't.
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
2 main reasons: 1) young children decide they are not hungry/don't like it. 2) i buy fresh veg and then don't get to cook what I had planned - also usually due to young children, although this time because they don't sleep or plans change and I can't spend the time I need to cook a planned dish. Occasionally, it's because i get distracted and burn supper. Another source is uneaten but squashed food from lunch boxes.
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
more raw; a large part of it is peel, cores, etc. Cooked food is probably 1/4 to 1/3 at most.
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
When it all works, meal planning and not buying larger multipacks of fruit/veg. buying in season to some extend to avoid fruit that won't ripen/ripens overnight and goes from unripe to rotten in the hours of darkness. Buying as and when I need it, rather tan trying to do all fruit/veg shopping just once a week. using frozen veg and tinned fruit.
* 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 try to freeze things if I can, or cook them into something I can freeze and use later, eg apple sauce for old apples, soup/stock for veg. this is more of an ambition than actuality at the moment, remember the small children?
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Be time rich: not wasting food means being able to spend the time needed to cook it or to go and buy it every day or so. Don't buy much fresh fruit/veg, eat frozen/tinned. Have children who eat what you give them in predictable /amounts. Don't be adventurous in your cooking. Did you want usable ideas?
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Have "bottom of the fridge" soup once a week. Don't let anyone else see what goes into 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?
yes and yes.

pushitreallgood Tue 23-Oct-12 11:48:48

bread was a massive bug bear of mine as in my house it would seem to go mouldy very quickly, but i think that could be down to moisture in the kitchen in general. food doesn't get wasted from cooking as well use bones to make stock any leftovers go in the fridge for lunch or to be used as part of the next meal.
if things are looking on there last legs i will cook them up and freeze them so they can be used in a meal, there are some bananas down stairs waiting to be be turned in to bread. i wasn't always as efficient but i got so annoyed with the amount i was basically throwing away each week.
but i think the real culprits of this are supermarkets and they need to be forced in to some kind of program were they give away there unwanted food as their wastage is disgusting.

Tamoo Tue 23-Oct-12 11:52:36

I throw out very little food. Our local council recently (within the last year) issued all households with a kitchen caddy, they collect from the street once a week. Within the last couple of months they have also put large bins for kitchen waste in the street so there is that option as well.

I have to say that part of the reason I throw out little food is because I live in a city with easy access to shops and can buy food a little at a time quite conveniently. A few years ago I lived more rurally and had a lot more food waste, simply because I had to do a big shop once a week, and buy all our perishables in one go. Some simply didn't get used in time or as planned.

Most of our waste is inedible stuff like veg peelings, egg shells, fishbones etc. I make a point with DS that casual food wastage costs money and is also morally wrong given the number of people who have to go without. If I cook too much I am quite happy to stick it in a bowl in the fridge and eat it myself the next day, even things like rice which a lot of people are paranoid about wrt food poisoning.

I freeze as much as possible, keep bread in the freezer for example and take out slices as needed, also freeze portion-sized meals for DS when I've cooked too much.

Something that helps us is that our council takes cooked and uncooked waste together. Previously we just had garden compost and this restricted what could be composted. Now everything goes in the same bin and no food at all goes in landfill.

The only thing that bothers me slightly is the cost of the small green compostable bags that line the kitchen caddy. They are expensive for those on a tight budget.

Yes I knew that about tea bags.

GooseyLoosey Tue 23-Oct-12 11:53:13

We do throw away food sometimes. In recent years we have tried to be more aware of the kinds of things we throw away and to buy less of them.

I do not have a compost bin as I found that compounded our existing rat problem.

The council provided everyone with a kitchen caddy, but I could not bear to have it in the kitchen. A better way for me to deal with the problem is just to cut down on waste.

One of our biggest problems was other people's children who ate little or nothing of the food put out. Problem is solved by not dishing up but putting food in serving bowls and then what is left can be eaten later.

insanityscratching Tue 23-Oct-12 11:56:23

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
I try to throw away as little as possible and am reasonably successful tbh. We don't have a caddy or compost bin I wouldn't use one tbh because I have a horror of mice and rats and would be scared that this would encourager them
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
I only really throw away carcasses, fat from meat and fruit and veg peelings
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mostly peelings so uncooked.
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I use all leftovers either as packed lunch the following day or freeze them for another time. We all serve ourselves a small portion and then have seconds rather than serving too much in the first place.
* 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 suppose I could compost them but won't because of rats or mice.
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Have lots of tubs and a large freezer, freeze in individual portions, serve small portions and offer seconds, make two meals and freeze half rather than cooking more than you need because of the size of the meat or veg you have in.
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Bulk buy, meal plan, prepare, blanch and freeze veg when you buy them instead of daily.
* 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.

piprabbit Tue 23-Oct-12 11:59:38

I think we are pretty good an minimising food waste. DH does all the shopping and he usually only buys exactly what we need for meals for the week (half-heartedly planned in advance, but flexible when he sees what is available in the shops).

We have two freezers (one small, one tall) which we completely rely on. Extras and leftovers are usually frozen - and if there is a good 2-for-1 offer then the extra goes in the freezer rather than hanging around to go off.

* We have a kitchen caddy and compost bin
* The council collects food waste alongside garden waste in the compost bin
* We throw food away because it has gone mouldy. Sometimes this seems to happen very quickly with fruit and veg. The rest of the food we throw away is peelings and trimmings from prepping food, and the food that DS picks over and leaves on his plate.
* Mostly uncooked food is thrown away.
* I think we could make more stocks and soups from trimmings/carcasses etc. but am not convinced that it is worth the time and fuel to make them when we don't eat a lot of soup.
* If you want to take advantages of special offers - think about storing the food and plan to use your freezer as much as possible.
* Teabags go in out compost bin.

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Tue 23-Oct-12 12:09:08

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?*
No, we don't throw much away, and we have chickens, so anything that's non-meat, non-citrus that's getting binned goes to them.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?*
No they don't, although they have sent round info about composting at home.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?*
Veg peelings, eggshells, corn cobs, apple cores, plate scrapings. We don't throw away much that would be edible, although DD contributes her bit by throwing a fair amount on the floor during mealtimes.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?*
Mixture of the two, I suppose uncooked, mostly, as in the veg peelings.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?*
Meal plan, don't impulse buy, try to assess each day what needs eating up first.

* 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 never throw away even little bits of leftover, as they're all good for toddler dd. DS also gets dinner leftovers for his school lunch the next day, often. If there's any vegetables that have gone a bit over I make soup.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?*
A decent-sized freezer and meal planning are probably the two things that make a big difference here.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?*
Take advantage of offers by buying big packs or bogof, cooking double and them freezing one. It's brilliant for evenings when you don't have time to cook.

* 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, but we don't drink tea.

Another one for whom food waste is a pet hate.
* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?*
As little as possible but am weaning twins so there's a certain amount of collateral damage. It goes into a green council food waste caddy. I would like it to go into the dog, but he has too many allergies. Sigh..

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?*
Yes, weekly. The caddy has to be used unlined or with compostable liners, which are completely incapable of containing food.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?*
Things the babies have thrown/dropped/inexplicably started disliking are the main things. Bagged salad is the only grown-up food we throw away regularly. Our nearest Sainsburys has massively expanded to become a superstore and they seem unable to store fruit and veg as well as they used to so it goes off within a day of buying it these days. Waitrose now works out cheaper for salad, veg & fruit because there is so much less wastage.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?*
Uncooked (unless baby food). Nothing cooked gets left in this house!

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?* We're quite greedy. Also I'm quite fanatical about planning meals to use things up, and left over veg can get mashed for babies.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?* Don't think there's much more we could do.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?* Have started making freezer tubs of things like mashed potatoes - saves doing it twice and saves them going green in the cupboard. Fab for babies' shepherds pie etc.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?* Avoid BOGOF offers. Meal plan. Have storecupboard ingredients for risotto or eggs for frittata in to use up leftovers.

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

kitchendancer Tue 23-Oct-12 12:09:52

Since we have had less money (due to redundancy and various other family issues) we have less food waste. Needs must as they say. I don't do as many supermarket shops and I live further away from the big supermarkets too. We used to live in a city and were surrounded by Sainsburys and Tescos, now I have to drive to another town for a decent supermarket so I don't do it as much. I also have a smaller freezer and kitchen in our rented property so haven't got the space for the bulk buying I used to do. Because we have kids, I do want to bulk buy still but am already going through a process of re-educating myself that I don;t need ( nor can afford) the 2 for 1 / 3 for 2 promotions when I only need one thing in the end anyway. Overall,. I think it leads to less waste.

Our previous house didn't have a food bin, the new one does. A lot of the food is waste form kids not eating all of their food, peelings etc and bits of fruit or that thing at the back of the fridge that we have forgotten about and that has gone off. But I think we do better than most to be honest.

I actually hate the design of my fridge though and think it contributes to the amount of waste. It's too small and there isn't space to get a bigger one; too deep so things get stuck at the back and I still tend to overfill it with kids yoghurts and such like so there is always something lurking no matter how hard you try to avoid that!

ComradeJing Tue 23-Oct-12 12:13:41

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
I did in China. Food went off very, very quickly and getting to the shops was a chore. I wasn't very happy so fed myself very badly. Now we're here I'm much better at online shopping and we will have a kitchen caddy, compost bin and worm farm as soon as we move into our new house.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No.
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Because it's gone manky if it's raw or sat for too long in the fridge if it's cooked.
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Both really. Probably more uncooked veg than anything else. I have no real idea how to use it up.
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Meal planning and starting to order food online for the week with only one or two top up shops. Top up shops so far have just been for things that I under ordered so needed more of to last the week.
* 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 love ideas on how to use veg and fruit. I know everyone says, "smoothies or soup" but I'm not sure what to actually DO.
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Meal plan and stick to it.
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Again, meal plan and cook less.
* 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 for the compost.

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

Actually that doesn't make sense. BOGOF offers are fine as they don't cost you any extra money, but might increase waste unless you can freeze the stuff. The ones to avoid are the 'Buy 2 for £3' offers on things you didn't actually need/fruit that's about to go over-ripe etc.

I live in Surrey and we have a dedicated weekly service to remove the wet waste/waste food. At the same time there is a council drive to stop wasting food. There is the outlay of the bags for the kitchen caddies and then the bin gets emptied and left up to the users to clean ...

Meal planning reduces a lot of waste. I also feel that the supermarkets have a lot to answer for wrt waste food - things like BOGOF and supposedly cheap food encourages buying too much and wastage.

I think it is a good idea in that the food waste needs a different and faster way to be processed. I think it is a complicated issue reducing wastage and responsibility should not solely be placed on the door of the householder.

Foodbanks ask for non perishable foods ...

ZombTEE Tue 23-Oct-12 12:21:02

"Scrapping best before dates on food would save a lot of wastage...people should be able to tell if something fresh is edible or not by the way it looks/smells/feels."

This. The amount of food that my husband and I fight over, because he was raised here in the UK where you throw it away on the date it expires and I was raised in the US where we use our noses and our common sense, is obscene.

All you have to do is read MN for 10 minutes. How many threads are there that say 'this expired yesterday, can I still eat it?'

Yes, you can still eat it, unless it is a strange colour or has a strange odour!!! The food does not have a built in expiration date checker!

We do have a council collect food waste caddy, which I have a love/hate relationship with. When we buy a house in a year or two we'll do home composting because I'll be able to have a vegetable garden.

slug Tue 23-Oct-12 12:22:22

* 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 a lot away. I'm a dab hand at using up leftovers and we do small, frequent shopping trips (we walk) rather than a large one less often

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

Not that I know of

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

Mould or the child suddenly deciding she does not like it even though she loved it the day before.

* 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?

We cook with an eye to the next day's meal. i.e. we often cook enough for a lunch the next day or with an eye to how any leftovers could be used.

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

Don't put a lot in the bin to be honest. I was brought up in the colonies where re use recycle and repurpose was simply a way of life.

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

Learn to cook creatively i.e. not just recipes but knowing what can be put together and how. Knowing how to make a pastry or a fritter batter for example is the basis of my leftover recycling plan.

* 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?

Sadly we don't have a waste food collection service or a garden. Nor do we have the space in a kitchen the where you could not swing an anorexic kitten for yet another bin.

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. Peelings of veg go to the rabbit / guinea pigs. Compost bin currently out of service due to garden refurb, but in the main we used this but now compost with the garden stuff to the local recycling place. Tend to throw away very little cooked food - don't pay too much attention to the best before / use by type dates!!

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?*
Not that I know of.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Sometimes food does go off, or left overs not used and the collection of plastic boxes get s a bit big, the sniff test fails.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Scrapings from the plate I suppose, or gone off veg. Very little else.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
By planning how to use the food, use of freezer and making soups /stocks you can use less than perfect items.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Is this domestic or the supermarkets? Supermarkets don't start marking down soon enough and have seen them get bin bags and put all 'old' bread in at a certain time - even a cake I offered to buy if they reduced the price down further was declined!
In general feel that people are quite fixated by the dates and don't use common sense. Improve home ec skills in schools so people know how to use up older stuff.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Plan more, use freezer, be less fussy about dates, less fussy about come meals that are made up of 'left overs' but can be great!!

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Plan more, use freezer, be less fussy about dates, less fussy about come meals that are made up of 'left overs' but can be great!!

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Put in green waste along with coffe grindings too.

FreckledLeopard Tue 23-Oct-12 12:29:34

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

Yes - far too much stuff gets thrown out. We do have a kitchen caddy, and compost outside, so it all goes to some greater purpose hmm, but overall, we chuck out far too much.

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

Yes - weekly collection for all food waste.

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

Number of reasons. Mainly, it's just our au pair and DD who eat at home in the evenings - I'm normally at work still. Au pair makes stuff each day, which, if leftover, invariably doesn't get re-used the next day or after by anyone. Au pair will cook something new, old stuff will sit in fridge, I won't be home so don't know how long it's been there for, so after a while it just gets chucked. Similarly, I always buy fresh fruit veg, with plans to use it all, but there's always some left that doesn't get used.

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

Mixture - about 50/50

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

Am hoping for tips from this thread...

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

Meal planning might help, but I guess the main thing would be for me to actually be at home and in charge of cooking. Since I'm always at work, I just am so out of touch, that it's hard not to be wasteful.

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

Have a compliant, non-fussy daughter who doesn't moan if she gets dished up leftovers.

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

Um....not really

* 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

Error404 Tue 23-Oct-12 12:42:32

* 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 some food, both leftovres when we've cooked too much and less often unused uncooked food though this is rarer. It goes in the compost if compostable or down the waste-disposal.

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? See above. Overgenerous cooking.

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

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? I don't throw away much uncooked/unstarted food. I meal plan and keep a careful eye on things so that if plans change food is frozen for future use before it gets spoiled.

* 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;re not good as resusing leftovers.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Nope, sorry!

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Menu plan. If cooked toom uch then freeze a neatlooking portion before it becomes less attractive as messy old leftovers.

* 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 do compost tesbags.

trice Tue 23-Oct-12 12:47:46

I am on a budget so I get very upset if I have to throw food away. I meal plan and use a shopping list. I weigh out rice or meat before I cook so that our portions are right. I freeze anything that looks like it is going out of date. I am queen of the stock pot and make soup out of leftovers regularly.

Next doors chickens get vegetable waste. The small amount of meat or egg waste goes down the kitchen sink disposal (I know it is bad for the environment but it is really a tiny amount and it stops the bin smelling or getting maggoty). It is only cooked bones or carcasses which end up in the bin.

Our council dont recycle anything and the tip/recycling centre is ten miles away.

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go?

We throw very little away. Any cooked meat or veg leftovers go in the fridge and we have a leftovers meal once a week, something like omelettes or pasties. Fruit past its best is made into desserts or purees to add to yoghurt, veg often becomes soup. Stale bread goes in the freezer for breadcrumbs.

Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?

We have a compost bin outside.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?

No.

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

We only really throw things away if they can't be used for something else, so if something has been left out for too long to be safe to refridgerate it will go in the bin. Or if a sauce has been added to something then not eaten.

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?

We meal plan and buy what we need. I do buy reductions and multibuy offers in the supermarkets and will freeze them to be used 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?

I don't think we could do much more than we do.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?

Meal planning is key, you only really buy what you need. Get a few recipes in your repertoire that can be adapted to suit different ingredients, e.g. hashes, gratins, pies.

Use your eyes and nose. Best before dates are a guide but you can tell how safe many things are to eat by the look and smell of them. Non perishables are fine for quite a while after bb dates.

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

Meal plan. Buy fruit and veg a couple of times a week so you only get what you'll eat. If you buy lunch at work, don't! We turn leftovers into pasties, soups and pasta bakes to take to work.

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

debka Tue 23-Oct-12 12:51:20

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Peelings, eggshells, teabags etc go in the compost bin. Crusts and plate scrapings go in the kitchen caddy. Stale bread gets turned into breadcrumbs and frozen. Don't throw anything else away.

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Scrapings from our plates when I've served too much out,

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
If peelings and cores count as food- then uncooked!

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I meal plan religiously.

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 don't think I throw away anything that isn't edible!

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Actually THINK about what you need and plan each meal carefully. Make use of your freezer, so if you buy meat for example that's on offer, freeze it straight away rather than wait for it to go off. Basically be more organised.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
All the 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 I did.

Mrscoghoul Tue 23-Oct-12 12:54:47

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

We don't throw much away - mainly the occasional piece of fruit/veg that is beyond stewing/souping, and the fat we chop off meat. Our waste goes straight in to the 'normal' rubbish bin as our property is too small for a compost bin.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?

No

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

Normally where we've gone away for the weekend/not eaten at home as much and overplanned meals and the food has gone off. That, and throwing away trimmed off fat on meat.

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

Almost always uncooked.

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

Meal planning, and then also using good recipies for food that's gone beyond its best - soups, stewing fruit etc. Also take use by and best before dates with a bit of a pinch of salt, I use look and smell to determine safety. Especially with eggs and yoghurts and cheese which are ridiculously short dated.

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

Maybe give fat scraps to the birds, and would compost vegetable products/tea bags if I had more space.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?

Meal plan, and only buy what you need.

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

Again, meal plan, only buy what you need. If you've got too much food, batch cook it all then freeze 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?

Yes

* 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 a vast amount of food waste, but more than I'd like. Mostly it's food that's fallen on the floor (toddler!) or occasionally something that's gone off (fruit seems to be the main culprit). Most of what goes into our compost bin is tea bags, peelings and kitchen paper.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes. We have a big green bin for food waste, garden waste and cardboard that's collected fortnightly.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Mainly food that's been on the floor or that DD didn't finish eating and DH doesn't feel like finishing off.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mainly raw vegetable peelings and cooked toddler food.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
All leftovers go into DH's lunchbox. (or get frozen). I shop frequently so we have a rapid turnover of fruit and vegetables.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Leftovers for lunches. Freeze extra portions. We could make soup, but we don't tend to eat soup very much.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Buy perishable foods in smaller amounts and more often.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Not really. I'll be reading everyone else's though.

* 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.

TrickyWoo Tue 23-Oct-12 12:56:44

* Do you throw away much food at home? A bit but not much, and usually leftovers from children rather than stuff going off
Where does the food waste go? In starch sacks the into our garden waste bin.
Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? We have a compost bin at home but use for garden waste as the recycling scheme in our area is excellent : food waste goes into garden waste bin and can include raw or cooked food, plate scrapings, bones - anything!
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? Fortnightly garden waste bin collection which includes food waste.
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away: occasionally forget about it, but usually menu plan, usually freeze before too late
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? Cooked scrapings or leftovers.some stale bread but tend to whizz up for breadcrumbs and freeze.
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? Meal plan, use the freezer, leftovers for lunch at work, freeze stock, freeze parmesan rinds, freeze breadcrumbs, batch cook.
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Batch cook and use the freezer. Menu 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!

tugamommy Tue 23-Oct-12 12:57:35

* 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 more than we should. The children are terrible for this as they never finish the food on their plates. We have a kitchen caddy and use it for all compostable waste

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? We have collection of compostable waste. It includes food and garden waste, etc

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? Children not finishing what's on their plates, buying food without meal planning, saving cooked food for eating later and not getting round to it

* 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? Best way of not throwing any food away is meal planning.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? make soup with left over veg, take leftovers for lunch the next day

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

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

* 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

Do you throw away much food at home? = as little as possible.

Where does the food waste go? = into normal household waste bin.

Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin = No to kitchen caddy and no space for a compost bin.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? = no

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? = Its past eating.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? = odd bits of cooked food

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? = I freeze where possible (portions of dinner or veg before cooking)/make soups.

* 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 supermarkets go away from packages of food and back to being able to what we need rather then a large packets that we have to.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?* = Freeze where possible even if you only have a child portion. Don't buy more then you need.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?* = Use local greengrocers/butchers and only buy what you need.

* 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.

But along side what we do in our homes we also need the big supermarkets/shops to dispose of their waste/not sold food better.

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 a little bit away, mainly because the amount the kids will eat is unpredictable. Cooked food waste goes in the general waste bin. Things like veg peelings/tea bags/coffee grounds go in the kitchen caddy then into the compost bin.

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Usually it's because the kids haven't eaten as much as they do on other days. Occasionally stuff goes out of date.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Into the general waste it's more cooked food. We sometimes have to chuck (uncooked) veg/salad stuff away but that can go in the compost bin. I try to use it up before it goes off though by making soup.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Make soup from leftovers. Make the right amount of food for the people who are eating and/or use leftovers the next day. We buy similar stuff each week so I tend to know it'll get used.

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 don't know. I think we try to do this already. If we've made more than enough chili, for example, I'll keep the rest for the next day's lunch/tea.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Use leftover veg to make soup (can be frozen)

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Do supermarket shopping online - less temptation to just pick stuff up because you fancy it or because it's cheaper than normal.

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 put them in the compost bin.

* Do you throw away much food at home? No - the odd bit of salad and a few leftovers though v few
Where does the food waste go? Bin
Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? No
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? No
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? Sad salad!
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? The odd bit of cooked (although dp is a human dustbin) and the odd bit of salad
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? I have a dp with hollow legs!
* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? Bubble and squeak and soup both good
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Buy less salad!
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Make a big pan of vege soup with the last of the leeks, carrots, celery etc and add lentils and barley for cheap nutrients
* 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 but we don't do composting and no local council collection

Lent1l Tue 23-Oct-12 13:13:19

We have a Worm Cafe - food gets put in there for the worms to turn into lovely compost. Any food that the worms don't like (onion skins, citrus) we put in a compost bin.

I try very hard not to over buy food and plan meals around using up what is in the fridge before buying more.

I do take the point that offering collection of food waste may encourage people to waste but it would also help those without gardens to feel as though they are doing their bit as they don't have the option of composting.

I was brought up to use my nose rather than check a date on food, although I will admit I am more careful with what I give to my 7 month old. If I am at all worried about the date on the food I may eat it but wouldn't give it to her - that will come once she is a little older. For now all her food is in date.

Fillybuster Tue 23-Oct-12 13:15:40

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

Food waste goes in the bin - it's a good way to keep track of how much there is and try to minimise it.

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

No.

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

Item is no longer edible (mould, rot or just too many days of sitting in the fridge uneaten), or the remains of the children's dinners if unfinished.

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

Mainly uncooked.

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

I have 3 freezers, so tend to freeze anything I am not using immediately. Any sad looking vegetables get turned into soup, which is frozen in single portions if not used on the same day.

* 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 throw away very little food. If I had more time to cook,then I would be able to use the occasional cabbage/beetroot/pak choi/veg-box challenge that gets missed at the back of the fridge.

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

Make soup and vegetable stews and invest in a huge freezer! With 3 adults and 3 dcs in the house, there isn't much left at the end of the week to go to waste, but I guess we could also get a dog.....!

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

As above: soup, stews and freezer. I don't buy much meat or fish, and tend to freeze it immediately if it isn't cooked that day; cooked meat doesn't last long enough in our house to be thrown 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, but we don't have one.

noseymcposey Tue 23-Oct-12 13:18:11

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 more than I would like, I would say about average. Sometimes packs of meat/part used jars that are out of date. Very rarely throw away veg.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes it does, and it supplies the kitchen caddy

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Gone bad to the point of being inedible

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

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? Using things up in soups etc and freezing.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? Planning better so everything gets used. Main thing I throw away is packs of meat that go out of date, so better organisation needed.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Being more rigid in meal planning.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Use up all leftovers in soups/stews etc 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

ouryve Tue 23-Oct-12 13:20:37

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

Usually not very much, but more over the past couple of weeks because we've had a round of D&V in the house and stuff hasn't been getting eaten. I do try to compost waste veg where possible.

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

No

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

If it's gone off or is freezer burnt. If a child refuses to eat.

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

Equal

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

Make a shopping list. Use my freezer where possible. Make plans to use "leftovers" rather than leave it to chance, but otherwise I don't cook more than I need
.
* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?

If it's half eaten, I wouldn't.

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

Shopping list & at least rough meal plans. Use the freezer more.

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

Cook in bulk and freeze some. If you can't buy veg you need for just a few days, buy as fresh and local as possible. Cabbage, carrots and butternut squash are cheap and have a good fridge life. Homegrown veg lasts longer than veg that's come halfway around the world.

* 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 compost them when I'm actively composting, though some have plastic mesh bags which don't decompose.

TalkinPeace2 Tue 23-Oct-12 13:24:35

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
All food waste goes into our compost heap for the pleasure of the wildlife and a year later onto the veg garden
Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
NO
What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Peelings, a few leftovers, ends of bread
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?
Cook from scratch what we need, make stews with leftovers, do not buy what we do not plan to eat
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 stew
Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Buy less.
Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Buy less, buy ingredients, plan meals
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. As can all kitchen towels, till receipts, other soft paper, loo roll tubes, egg boxes.

Our family of four throw away 1/4 of a wheelie bin a week. and REcycle half a wheelie bin.

REDUCE
REUSE
RECYCLE

xxxkadzxxx Tue 23-Oct-12 13:28:25

We try really hard not to waste food and don't take much notice of sell by dates either to prevent waste. We have waste disposal in our sink which we use to prevent the bins from smelling but as we don't waste a lot of food we don't have to use it much! Our local council doesn't offer a food waste collection service, in fact i have never heard of it before but it sounds like a good idea although it may increase food waste as a collection service might seem like its acceptable to waste food? We don't like to waste food mainly due to wasting money but we also don't like thought of food waste attracting rats, mice etc let a lone the increased waste in the country. It varies if our food is uncooked or cooked, if something uncooked is mouldy then we will chuck it out but the only cooked food we chuck is leftover dinners which is very rare as 99% of the time we leave clean plates! We manage to keep waste to a minimum by buying less food and by planning our meals before we do a shop so we dont have any leftover food in the fridge/cupboards. There is no was we would make the most of our food which we would put in the bin as we don't throw food out unless it has mould on! Apart from as i said before about planning our weekly meals before you shop i dont have any other tips for wasting less food. Where money saving tips are concerned we buy a lot of everyday value items from Tescos so where people would usually be tempted by brands promotions eg, BOGOF we opt to buy shops own brands and save money whilst we do it plus we don't have extra of the products we brought which may have been thrown away. I didn't know of any other way to dispose of tea bags until today, we use our waste disposal.

HannahLI Tue 23-Oct-12 13:29:24

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Yes we do throw away a little bit of food but usually only what people haven't eaten at their meals so not a huge amount. I confess I do just throw it in the bin. I try and only cook what we need and if I have extra portions I either freeze them or take a meal over to my nan who always greatly appreciates it. I tend to show to what we need in meal plans to minimalist waste.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes it's a brown bag and we can put food waste and any recycling in it, they collect it fortnightly. We have too much recycling to go in the bag and food waste in a brown bag sat for two weeks equals a soggy brown bag leaking everywhere - not nice!
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? We throw away food that is left overs off people's plates and there is no way to judge this with two small children and occassionally anything that hasn't been eaten from fridge but this is not very often as we tend to be good at eatting it all! I throw it away rather than recycle for two reasons the first being we get provided by the council with a brown paper bag which just isn't adequate for food waste disposal and secondly because we live in a rented house and so having a composter isn't really an option we can do, sadly!
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? Mix of both, usually cooked like left over dinner, sandwich crusts, tea bags and bits that I cut off the raw chicken before cooking.
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? We do throw some away but we do keep it to a minimum by when I over cook I take the extra meal over to another family member close by for them to have for dinner the following day. We also buy to a meal plan so on the whole we only buy what we will use. I find it extremely frustrating when I have to throw away fresh fruit from the supermarket because it's moldly when it's new.
* 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 would love a composter and eventually when we hopefully have our wn house rather than renting that is my plan.
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Dish up different size portions per person, it's better to have seconds than to serve up too much.
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Meal planning and buying your meal plan works really well for us. I buy online which helps with organizing it in this way and I also have some things I do with particular left overs like making chicken stock with bones, making soup with random end of life veg, croutons with stale bread or bread and butter pudding. Some of these older type tricks have been lost because we don't have to be as resourceful anymore!
* 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

moonbells Tue 23-Oct-12 13:29:42

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

A fair bit. Having children does seem to encourage waste, though we do encourage him to only take what he can eat. Cooked food waste in the bin. Veg waste straight in the compost dalek. Have several caddys but they all stink before we manage to fill them, the bags decompose too fast so you can't lift it out, and so we just use whichever veg bag (like potato bags) or mushroom box was finished last to put the compostables in, and when it's full, I take it down the garden.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
HAHAHAHAHA! sorry, they do paper and glass, that's it. Foil, plastics and everything else we have to take away ourselves. And we recycle everything that's not nailed down.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
It's gone furry.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mostly cooked (uncooked veg > compost, uncooked meat doesn't tend to get thrown as my raving carnivore DH eats anything meaty well before sell-by dates.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Don't buy new unless we have run out.

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 do try and remember to look for things like growing potatoes in the cupboard, and use them in stews or something. Ditto rubbery carrots and slightly yellowing broccoli.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Tricky, from a feminist viewpoint. There used to be less waste because women used to shop daily and cook fresh, and not much was stored unless pickled, preserved or dried. I think at some point in a weekend, the family, however made up, should together try to decide what to eat and prep as much as possible before freezing.
That way there's less to do of a weekday evening, and helps us working mums (whatever our work!)

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Don't have a full freezer. Keep one drawer fairly empty, and if there's leftovers, shove them in. Put a portion of food in tubs (eg old plastic takeaway ones, as they are an efficient use of space) and put straight in the fridge to cool before eating a meal. That way, if anyone's still hungry, they can reheat a portion, but if not, once cold it's straight into the freezer.

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. Composted those for years. Technically you shouldn't if you put milk in while the teabag is still in the mug.

DowntonAbbess Tue 23-Oct-12 13:32:16

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Probably throw away more than we should, but not that much. Food waste goes into one of the many compost bins in the garden (we must have at least 10 by now!)

* 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 going mouldy.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mainly uncooked, veg from the garden that I've not been able to use in time.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Use things up in soups, stews, stocks and cakes (eg banana bread). If there's too much bread it gets frozen or given to the hens.

* 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 it, preserve it (pickles, freezer) or give to the hens.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Buy less. Sort out a better systerm of preserving crops from the garden.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Learn to preserve foods. Buy another freezer. Bake and soupify.

* 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

Tigerbomb Tue 23-Oct-12 13:33:03

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Kitchen Caddy – no compost bin. Throw away one small bag a week, left over food, peelings, scraping from plates, teabags, egg shells, bones etc and what seems like one solitary yoghurt each week
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? Yes – weekly. We have to supply our own liners for the caddy
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? Scrapings off plates and peelings etc
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? 50/50 – all goes into the same caddy
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? I have a son who seems to still be growing – he eats everything… seriously
* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? Eat it!
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Meal plan
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? 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? Yup and egg shells

* 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. Ends of carrots etc go to the guinea pigs all other uncooked veg matter, tea bags go in the compost.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Its mostly bones and trimmed off fat, or if we have served too much and its not in a fit state to save,

* 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'm a bit brutal with soups and eating leftovers 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?
As above. Theres also those cone thingys for digesting cooked food but they are expensive and I'm not sure where I would site it.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Recently I've decided that serving less food on the plate is the way to go. If Ive overcooked its fine for lunch, if not and people are hungry its time for pudding.

* 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?
Yes. I put mine under my rather healthy and large camellia. it loves tea.

gilmoregirl Tue 23-Oct-12 13:34:59

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

I throw away very little food full stop. Any food that I do throw goes in the normal bin.

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

My council does offer this but not currently in the area I live in.

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

Only in extreme cases will I actually throw away food. It would have to be actually mouldy or inedible!

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

uncooked generally.

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

I only buy and cook what we will actually eat. I only cook things that I know DS will eat. I will use any leftovers - for dinner the next night or for a packed lunch. I make soup out of anything I can. I just do not like throwing out perfectly good food that a) I have paid for and b) has been produced, transported, wrapped 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?

I would say that I already do this as I throw so little away.

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

Meal plan, check dates when buying things like milk, yogurts etc - choose the longest dated ones so that they will keep as long as possible, freeze milk, cheese yogurts, use common sense rather than use by dates - children's yogurts are so full of sugar that they do not seem to ever go off (if in doubt I eat it myself rather than giving it to a child!), use a serving dish and give small portions so that people can ask for more, rather than leaving food on the plate that becomes waste (any untouched food can be kept), keep bread in freezer and use as you go so that it does not end up going mouldy,

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

Buy things like children's yogurts in bulk and store in the freezer, take them out in the morning to put in the packed lunch as they defrost by lunch time (frubes are good for this so I stock up and buy 10 or more boxes when they are £1), keep left over pasta and make a pasta bake, use left overs (such as pizza, cold sausages etc) in packed lunches, do not adhere to use by dates - use your 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?
yes

Do you throw away much food at home?
Very Little.

Where does the food waste go?
Cooked food in the general waste. Peelings etc in the compost bin down the garden.
Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Yes, a bowl in the kitchen which is emptied into a bucket outside and then when I go down the garden I tip it in the compost bin.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No. They used to accept raw fruit and veg waste and tea bags in the brown waste for recycling but we are no longer allowed to do that. Infuriates me.
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Peelings. Trimmed fat, leftover veg because I've cooked too much. Often I save and reuse it but not always.
Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Uncooked peelings.
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
We eat a lot. Greedy teenage boys in house.
How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Make more soup, I tend to do that more in winter than summer.

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Not ours they can't. I do compost them at home.

renaldo Tue 23-Oct-12 13:35:54

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go?
uncooked in the compost, cooked in the bin
Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
yes
Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No,
What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Cooked food that hasn't been eaten or food past use by date
Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mostly cooked food.
If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
We stick to a meal planner.
How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Compsot or feed to animals
Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
buy more frequently , just whats needed
Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
menu plan and use freezer
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.

missorinoco Tue 23-Oct-12 13:38:49

I hate wasting food, it is a waste of my money.

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

Some, less more recently as I cook smaller portions. I also buy less vegetables and salad, and replace only when I need it, rather than a large internet shop, with a weekly supply of vegetables some of which went off or were binned before they were used.
Somehow buying les vegetables and salad seems wrong though.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
You must be joking.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Mainly if the children don't eat it all. They are all under six, and what will fill them up one day will be far to much the next, ann then not enough the next time.

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

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Council cut waste collection to every two weeks. We bought a compost bin and all fruit/vegetable peeling, tea bags etc go in there.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Swap my children for a less fickle set. Also, some vegetables go off if the kitchen is too warm, the occasional squidgy potato gets chucked which seems a crime

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Serve less. I love cooking so that everyone has enough and then more, but it's not economical.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Compost, stews, purees, probably all said before. Only buy when you need it. Meal plan. Boring but worth 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?
Yes to latter.

DoingItForMyself Tue 23-Oct-12 13:43:25

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
I end up with more food waste than I would like, despite being careful (filled my 23 litre caddy this week with 5 Alina paper bags full of waste).

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes, has done for about 3 years.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Kids leaving dinners. Forgetting I have something at the back of the fridge. Fruit that isn't 'ripe & ready' despite claiming that it is! Peelings/inedible leftovers.

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

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Extra food is frozen or kept for lunch the next day. I don't take notice of use-by dates, if it looks & smells OK I will use it. I re-use leftovers in omlettes, sandwiches, soups, salads 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?
Be more organised about using odd bits up before they're past their best. Don't buy fruit unless I know its good!

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Make a list of available meals/ingredients so that you can see at a glance what you have, so you're less likely to leave things to go off. Have standby recipes for banana loaf, milkshakes, soups etc so that its obvious what to do with leftovers when you get them. I regularly make the same soups, puddings and smoothies to use up the same things that often get left.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
I buy reduced bread and freeze it. Hardly ever buy it full price and rarely throw it away as I only get out what I need.

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 compost tea bags, coffee grounds and all food waste.

aristocat Tue 23-Oct-12 13:45:06

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

No, we dont. I am careful with portion sizes and only cook what I think we will eat. We have a food caddy.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?

Yes.

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

If it is mouldy grin

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

Uncooked, bread crusts, peelings etc.

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

By being careful with portion sizes and not cooking too much in the first place. I also dont buy more until we have eaten what we have got.

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

To compost the veggies, give birds some more.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?

Meal planning - use the freezer more - dont cook too much!

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

Chicken or other raw meat is put straight into the freezer and taken out before being needed. Meal planning and using the freezer more are the answer here.

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 shredded paper is re-used by our hamster for his bedding smile Mixed half and half with paper towel is his favourite!

R2PeePoo Tue 23-Oct-12 13:45:50

* 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 don't throw away a lot. We are a family of four and we usually struggle to fill a black bin bag everyweek. Food waste goes in the bin. No we don't have a caddy/compost bin.

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

No but I believe it is running a trial at the moment in some areas of my town.

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

Kids didn't finish their food. Something got pushed to the back of the fridge and overlooked.

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

Mixture of both.

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

I serve small portions of food. If you want more then you can go back for seconds but I never load up the plate in the first place. Whatever is left goes into the fridge and is eaten the next day. I also go shopping every two or three days, so I never buy huge amounts of food (which I find hard to manage and plan for). I also make sure I use up leftovers in soups, stews, risotto etc and I have a range of ideas for pretty much every potential leftover e.g. leftover potato gets mashed with any other cold veg, formed into circles, topped with grated cheese and pepper and baked.

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

The only stuff that gets put in the bin is food the kids had on their plate and didn't finish and also rotten stuff.

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

Buy less, meal plan, shop more regularly and locally if you can, eat your leftovers the next day.

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

See previous answer.

* 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, but I don't really drink tea so its not something I think about.

whowouldknow Tue 23-Oct-12 13:47:08

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
I menu plan so really dont throw very much away - anything that cant be re-used in lunches, frozen for another time, feeds the dog, feeds the worms goes into a food waste bin.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
yes
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
change of plans - eg plan to make A - something else comes up - but generally i put extra veg etc in the slow cooker and make soup. bread is probably the biggest waste in our house.
* 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?
batch cooking, freezing, having 2 teenagers and a hungry husband, dog, menu planning - and sticking to it, freezing little bits of leftovers for the baby.
* 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 would love to know how to manage bread waste better.
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
soups, casseroles etc are agreat way of using up extra veg - and they can be frozen - i couldnt live without a freezer.
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Menu planning and shopping list.
* 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 the worms love them!

racingheart Tue 23-Oct-12 13:53:20

* Do you throw away much food at home?
Less and less. We meal plan now and I have become militant about not buying fresh bread every day if there's half a loaf of yesterday's still in the breadbin. Also, the guinea pigs now eat veg peelings and stalks.

Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Yes we have both. Council provides a food caddy and we have our own compost bin. For ease, most food waste ends up in the council caddy, and garden waste in the compost.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes, once a week.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Used to be excess bread, mouldy fruit and veg. Now I am meal planning, this has hugely decreased.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Bit of both - usually tea bags, potato peelings, bread crusts in summer when the birds don't eat them, and meat bones.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Bread crusts to birds
Veg peelings to guinea pigs.
Left over hot food goes into DC's food flasks for next day's packed lunch, or frozen then we have a left overs night when everyone has a different meal from the freezer - quite popular with DC!
Bread ends get turned into breadcrumbs and used for goujons.
Don't buy tat. We no longer buy loads of yoghurts or biscuits without thinking about when they might get eaten. I only buy them if we plan to have them for a specific occasion.

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

Well, I'd love to get chickens or a pig but DH says no!

Perhaps, as well as planning menus, I could plan cooking sessions. I tend to cook for that day or maybe a batch ahead, but don't often spot, say that we have too many oranges or apples, and that if they're not cooked they'll go off.

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

Use a measuring scoop for rice, cereal and pasta. This means we don't over eat and we don't have bits left over - healthier and more economical too.

Buy wide necked flasks (about £3 in supermarket) and give DC hot food leftovers for packed lunch - very popular.

Plan a leftovers night once a week. If you leave it longer than that no one fancies that weird looking bit of stew or fish from whenever, but if they still remember eating and enjoying it recently, they'll bag it for leftovers night. Treat it as a restaurant, where they get to choose the menu from a list.

If bread is stale, make toast with soup or welsh rarebit for lunch instead of sandwiches. Just decide to use stuff up, instead of wasting it.

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

Plan not just evening meals but breakfasts and lunches, even after school snacks. Only buy for those. Buy nothing 'just in case.' That has taken £30 off my weekly bill and we no longer seem unable to fit our weekly rubbish in the bin.

Be more like your parents: say we can't buy/open a new packet of cereal/juice until the old ones are used up. Overnight, I no longer have 8 different breakfast cereals turning stale 3/4 full, or four different juices fermenting in the fridge door.

Put slightly staler veg into soups, overripe bananas into banana smoothies, very overripe bananas into banana breads or muffins.

If there's one rather dubious looking chicken breast or white fish portion lurking in the back of the freezer, cook it and give it to the cat.

* 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 - our food caddie's full of them!

Furball Tue 23-Oct-12 13:54:36

Do you throw away much food at home? Try not to but there's always something - usually fruit/veg that goes past it

Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? we have compost bin

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? - Yes but we don't use it

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? - 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? - Try to meal plan

* 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 buy so much of it in the first place

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

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? only in meal planning - it really does cut down

* 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

Ghouljamaflip Tue 23-Oct-12 13:59:55

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Actually throw very little food away at home - cooked food (meat) goes in the dogs bowl, cooked potatoes, veg, pasta etc to chickens. Veg peeling are used for guinea pigs or cooked up into mash for pigs (bacon ones!) Have a kitchen caddy which is stuffed in the back of the shed somewhere.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes on a weekly basis but out of 12 properties in our lane only one uses the service.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Kids not eating dinner or a bit too mush made but not enough to use for another meal.

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

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I meal plan every week and only buy what I need. Anything which is close to use by is frozen or cooked and then frozen. Any leftover food is re-used in the next meal or frozen eg using cooked veg for bubble and squeak or making stock from chicken carcass.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
tbh I think we are doing as good a job as we can but then we are lucky in that we have animals that can make use of waste food.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Meal plan and batch cook for the freezer.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
only but what you need and shop online then you aren't tempted to stray from your shopping list.

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 but I soak mine in Olbas oil and put them on the veg patch to keep the cats from using it as a toilet! grin

* 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 away a lot more than I would like. Cooked food, cheese, etc goes to the chickens (including scraps off plates, etc), veg goes into the compost, anything else gets binned. We do have a compost heap, we also have a kitchen caddy but it is a PITA to clean so I tend just to take a bowl/bag straight out to the heap. One top tip though - never put egg shells in compost unless you have a hermetically sealed composter - rats find them irresistable.

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

No, and neither are they likely to - it's a very rural area where wheelie bins would be completely impractical (lots of houses have their bags collected by small trucks as the big ones can't get down the lanes) and really there is not much excuse for people not composting at home.

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

Food lost forgotten in the fridge - I am no great respecter of "best before" dates, though, so things only get thrown out if they look/smell off.

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

I don't really count feeding stuff to the chickens as throwing it away, so the stuff which gets composted/binned is mostly uncooked.

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

little chicken-shaped recyclers grin

* 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?

To all of the above - it's about being organised. On weeks when I shop with a meal plan, and/or when we have an "eat the fridge/freezer" week when the DC can choose whatever they like as long as we already have all the ingredients, we spend a lot less and throw away almost nothing. On weeks when things go wrong, or I am just generally disorganised and staggering through, we spend a lot more and waste a lot more.

* 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 - not that we drink a lot of tea, but tea bags do get composted.

strandednomore Tue 23-Oct-12 14:09:03

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

- I don't know if we throw away "much" - it depends what and who you compare us too. Hopefully we don't do too badly. Yes we have a kitchen caddy and we also have a compost pile in the garden.

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

- yes

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

- we don't get round to eating it in time and it goes off/mouldy

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

- mostly uncooked, my husband takes anything cooked to work for his lunch or I recycle it for the children's lunch/supper/snacks etc

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

- see above - luckily my husband will eat more or less anything so he is our human dustbin! I also make sure to incorporate all leftovers into the next meal (or one of the next meals) and if, for example, we are having a chicken for lunch I will plan one or two meals for the next few days using leftover cold chicken. Another thing I do is have an area of the fridge (at the bottom so first place you see) that is specifically for food that needs eating 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?

- I do google recipes to find ways to use up leftovers. We also very often eat food that is past it's "best by" date - as long as it isn't mouldy (or even if it is in some cases!) and smells OK I try and use it.

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

- see above, my place-in-the-fridge idea; a human dustbin for a husband; good meal planning.

* 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?

- yes!

toomuchteaching Tue 23-Oct-12 14:09:37

Stopping online shopping has reduced our waste... if something has a short shelf life I don't buy it, but in our online order lots of vegetables would turn up almost on the turn, impossible to use them all before something goes off.

glitch Tue 23-Oct-12 14:22:57

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

I try not to thrown away too much as we are on a tight budget. Food waste goes in the council green bin or if it is uncooked fruit and veg it goes on my compost heap.

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

Yes, they collect a green waste bin every fornight which you can put food waste into.

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

Mainly from going out of date or sometimes it goes off before the BBD. Waste from plates tends to go in the dog!!

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

Mainly uncooked food

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

I meal plan and keep my food buying 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?

It has to be really rank for me to chuck it so I wouldn't do anything other than compost it or put it in the green bin.

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

Meal plan and stop buying so much of it.

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

Just buy less!

* 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.

ScorpionQueen Tue 23-Oct-12 14:26:12

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? I think we throw away too much and hate waste. Some goes in the caddy, some goes to the pets and some (chicken carcass for example) gets taken on the dogs night walk and left in a field for the foxes.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? Yes
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? If it has gone off, peelings etc.
* 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? See above- pets, foxes, cooking less.
* 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 do what I can to reduce waste. DH just needs to stop buying so much bread.
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Blanche vegetables and freeze, feed wildlife (only in rural areas really), cook less in the first place.
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? As above, less wasted food = less wasted money.
* 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 save teabags for the garden compost.

ChasedByBees Tue 23-Oct-12 14:30:26

We have a kitchen waste bin which is collected by the council. It's excellent - it collects stuff we can't possibly use like bones from chicken, peelings etc. yes, in theory these could be used for stock but there will always be some inedible food waste.

My main reason for wasting food is buying something at the start of the week and plans change and we don't get a chance to eat it. I hate it web that happens.

Also, I'm not sure about food storage and safety rules (like freezing / defrosting chicken more than once - freezing when raw and then cooked for example) so I err on the side of caution with these things. That information is hard to find and I'd like to be more certain about what is safe.

countingdown Tue 23-Oct-12 14:33:20

* 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 a greater amount than I am happy with! This tends to be my fault - I am never sure how much the children are going to eat, so tend to cook slightly more incase they would like seconds! Also, despite my best efforts with meal planning, we tend to throw out a lot of fresh food which has past it's best. We do have a kitchen caddy.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes, they collect every week. They provide a kitchen caddy and a supply of bags for this (I think they provide a 6 monthly supply but you can request more from the bin men) and they also provide a larger garden bin (like a bigger kitchen caddy) so that the small bags can be put into this regularly.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
See above! That'll teach me to read the questions before waffling on!

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
A mixture of both.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Sticking to the meals I have planned. Also, instead of ordering fruit and veg with my weekly online shop, going to our local greengrocers and buying these as and when they are needed would help.

* 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 leftovers for soup.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Stick to meal planning!

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Buy less, cook less, use leftovers in other meals, freeze things!

* 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.

CheeryCherry Tue 23-Oct-12 14:42:23

We waste very little because we have hens! The council provides biodegradable bags and a brown bin and collects weekly, and yes I put tea bags in. The hens eat left over salad,veg, pasta, crusts, fruit cores and skins, peelings. We don't waste much food, just crusts that have dried up, or out of date pots of hummous/salad which haven't been finished by the end of the use by date. With 3 teens most food gets eaten. I tend to make breadcrumbs and freeze it, or freeze anything that's getting near its use by date. Excess fruit/veg from the garden I usually blanche and freeze too.

lottytheladybird Tue 23-Oct-12 14:42:37

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 not throw food away at all. However, if something's gone off, then of course it ends up in the bin, but this is a rare occurrence. We don't have a kitchen caddy or compost bin.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No, but I think it's in the pipeline.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
If it's gone off, otherwise nothing gets thrown out.

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?
That's quite tricky at the moment, as we have 2 little ones in nappies. We recycle as much as possible to reduce landfill though.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Make sure I don't buy too much food such that some might go off before it's eaten. As I say though, rarely does this happen.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Plan a menu for the week before you do the shop, that way, you know exactly how much food you need.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Buy things on offer and then freeze them for another day. We often do this with meat, so if a nice cut of beef is on offer, then we buy a big quantity, divide it up into meal portion sizes and then freeze 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?
Yes.

Trills Tue 23-Oct-12 15:13:10

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

Ignore best before dates and use your eyes and ears and nose instead.

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? - No, we hardly throw away any food. Yes, we have a food caddy.

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? - As I said, we rarely throw food away. The last time I threw food away was about two months ago. It was a piece of skate that smelt less than fresh.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? - Uncooked. We have dogs so what we don't eat they do.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? - If anything in the fridge is nearing the use by date then I freeze it and any meal leftovers go to the dogs. Not that much gets left uneaten - I have a teenager. He not only eats his own meal but he picks at DS3s plate too.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? - Like I said, we have dogs so they get anything we don't eat such as the fatty rind from meat or anything that DS3 drops on the floor.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? - Freeze! Keep an eye on what's in the fridge and if you know you're not going to use something that's approaching its use by date freeze it.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? - When you make a meat based dish, such as a Bolognese sauce or a stew put aside half and freeze it. Try to bulk up the meal with vegetables, pasta or rice. Meat is expensive so try to stretch what you'd normally use for one mealtime to two. Bake fruit that is just on the turn - cut it up, sprinkle some raisins over the top, a drizzle of syrup, a little butter and a pinch or two of cinnamon/allspice and pop in the over until it looks soft. Lovely served hot with ice cream.

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.

B3nnyB0y Tue 23-Oct-12 15:26:13

I’m proud to say that we throw no food away. This is mostly due to my DW being amazingly organised/crazy. She makes a meal plan on a Saturday for our weekly Sunday shop. If it’s not on the list before we go in the store it’s not allowed in the trolley. This method has helped us to buy only the food we know we can eat plus some treats which usually have a long shelf life. Green waste goes in the compost as our council has no food collection I’m aware of. Off cuts of meat go in the cat and we then cut back her food (saves money on whiskers).

My best tip though is to never buy the “ripen in the fruit bowl” stuff. I see this and read “goes mouldy before it’s ready to eat”.

flamingtoaster Tue 23-Oct-12 16:02:06

* 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 gets thrown out other than the odd scrap or scraping from a saucepan.

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? >> Only scrapings from cooking are thrown out usually. Occasionally the end of something will go off.

* 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? >> Any fruit which is about to go soft is made into a pudding or frozen for future use. I only cook the amount I think will be eaten for each meal. I don't buy things which I don't know will definitely be eaten.

* 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 can't think of anything I could do with the scrapings from saucepans.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? >> When I batch bake I freeze most of it so it is only defrosted when wanted and doesn't go stale.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? >> Only cook the amount you think will be eaten - if people are still hungry give them a yoghurt or some fruit.

* 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 all peelings and teabags etc.

sleepyhead Tue 23-Oct-12 16:21:35

*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 not to throw away too much as it's such a waste of money. Food waste goes in with normal rubbish though. We live in a tenement flat on the top floor with little space for multiple bins, no garden for compost, and neighbours who regularly trash/misuse the existing recycling bins.

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

Not in our area (almost exclusively flats). I suspect they may do in more affluent areas.

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

If it goes off/mouldy. I'm very tolerant of best before/use-by dates and generally rely on smell/look etc rather than what the packaging says. I've also been known to cut the visible mould off things blush. We try to freeze anything that's not going to be used within a couple of days and therefore risks being forgotten about and going off.

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

Mainly uncooked - bread, salad are the worst culprits.

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

We shop weekly and meal plan which wastes less than when we did a less frequent shop and bought a lot of what we just fancied eating at some unspecified time.

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

Making sure that food that's at risk of going off is visible, not shoved at the back of the fridge. Cooking and freezing rather than leaving fresh food that will go off soon. Freezing bread.

*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!

WeatherWitch Tue 23-Oct-12 16:38:48

I am borderline obsessive about food waste and throw away almost nothing. The biggest difference to me was buying a large freezer and freezing everything in small portions, then defrosting only what I need. If I cook too much, then the excess goes in the freezer or is made into soup for lunch (then frozen). I only buy the minimum of non-freezable food. I also grow almost all my own veg so there is rarely any vegetable waste, other than peelings etc, and these go in the compost (along with teabags!) Courgette season can result in a fair amount of waste as they all ripen at once but the surplus just go straight back onto the compost heap as well.

My council offers very poor recycling facilities so if I didn't have the compost heap then the peelings etc would have to go in the bin.

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bluebump Tue 23-Oct-12 16:57:28

We have a kitchen caddy and a big brown outside bin that we use when throwing away any food. We give a some stuff that is still useable to the guinea pigs. I had a bad habit of polishing off uneaten food from my DS because I hate waste but it was making me fat blush so I do put more in the recycling than before.

Our local council collects the brown bins once a fortnight that we can put food in.

The main reason I throw food away is because it is inedible ie mouldy and can't be used for anything else.

I think the food I throw away is both cooked and uncooked. I try and eat any extra food made at dinners for lunches etc.

To try and reduce waste I am now trying to do a few smaller food shops a week rather than one big one as I find I tend to use food up this way rather than recycling it because it's gone off. I think this is my best idea for wasting less food.

If I had space for composting I could make the most of the food I throw away.

I always put tea bags in my brown bin. I drink a lot of tea so always have loads, again if I had more room at home I would try composting them.

notcitrus Tue 23-Oct-12 16:58:21

* 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, mostly peelings etc, though now dd is eating food there's a lot that she's chucked on the floor or not eaten.
Cheese, meat, fish, greasy food waste has to go in the bin; the rest goes in a caddy and then in my compost bin.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
They are piloting it, but my street isnt included yet,

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Food has gone off or been on the floor, or it's peelings etc you dont eat.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
95% uncooked.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I chuck stuff in the freezer if it's not going to be eaten soon. Leftovers are the next day's lunch, or get chucked in a stirfry or stew. Best before dates are ignored, and 'use-by' dates I give a few days leeway for ready meals, more for veg, eggs etc. Cheese and smoked fish and yoghurt are all ways to preserve food and get a month or more. I grew up before dates on food were common, and my mum said when they started that they were mainly a tax on stupid people...

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

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Eat leftovers. i dont really meal plan but do fridge plan - if there's food in the fridge it needs to be eaten!

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Eat your leftovers. Ignore best-before dates and sell-by dates; use use-by dates as a guide, not gospel.

* 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 do, daily!

gazzalw Tue 23-Oct-12 17:01:38

As someone brought up by war baby (and therefore used to rationing) parents I am totally waste averse. Cannot abide wasted food in any form but particularly when the DCs ask for extra portions and then don't eat the food - AAARGH.

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

Yes, we have a kitchen caddy supplied by the Council. We only collect about one small bag of food waste every couple of weeks but that's too much. We have been composting vegetable matter, coffee grounds, egg shells, tea bags for years..... What gets thrown away is usually bits of bread/toast crusts/chicken carcasses and leftover food from plates at the end of meals...

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

Yes and has done for about two years now. Have to say though it's just another thing to have to do and our kitchen is very small so the food waste caddy sits out in the conservatory along with the mini-destined for the compost bin caddy....

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

Usually capricious and fussy daughter saying she wants toast or something and then deciding she doesn't - GRRRR. Sometimes the children leave a bit of food on their plates too but not often.

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

I would say it's usually bread or cereal products rather than home cooked food

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

We freeze leftovers or use them in other meals.

Making sure we actually empty the fridge of food before doing another food 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?

Don't think we would be that desperate to use toast crusts etc.... DW has started turning stale bread into breadcrumbs to freeze a la Nigella though!

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

Yes freezing leftovers or making it habit to eat leftovers for lunch/snacks rather than making something different!

DW always eats leftovers for lunch rather than making herself sandwiches etc....

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

Turn spare veggies into soups and once a week make a make-do meal that uses ingredients entirely from fridge/store cupboard to use them up!

* 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 always do and coffee grounds are good for the borders to stop slugs and snails in their tracks!

oldsilver Tue 23-Oct-12 17:11:59

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? Hardly any at all. We have both a kitchen caddy - tends to be literally scraps that go in it and stuff we filter from waste sink water so as not to block our drains - that only fills a caddy in about two-three weeks if we were to actually leave it. We do have a compost bin and that is where all noncooked food goes and yes, teabags too!

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? Yes even though the bins are done fortnightly our food waste is collected weekly. Our household believes if more people used their lockable brown bins instead of throwing away food waste in the wheely bins, we would have much less of a rat problem in our area and possibly flies would be kept to more of a minimum.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? Mainly bread gone off (grrs at cheap bread) or fat being cut off of meat - I can't remember the last time I threw actual food away.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? It is so little - it must be cooked I suppose. We buy what we need - even scrawny old veg can work perfectly well in a casserole or stew.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? We buy what we need. I know what I want to cook (sort of meal plan) and write the list around that. We buy in shops so instead of say, getting a bag of onions, I buy the three that I need. And obviously because I buy in-shop, I am able to pick the freshest looking of the lot and not rely on the supermarket to do that for me.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? Stews, casseroles, spag bol etc will take all the manky veg perfectly. If I buy whoopsie meat it goes straight in the freezer and I only defrost as I need. Any left-overs from meals (not a lot as I cook what we need) I'll have for lunch the next day.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Apart from meal-plan, buying yourself so you are able to test for freshness before you get it home is about it really.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Grow your own veg, then you pick as you need and the veg left in the garden goes on growing.

* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home? Oh yes, mine are always put on the compost bin ... you just have to riddle like crazy to get rid of the actual bags cause they never seem to rot down and will block plants from growing in your garden!!

oldsilver Tue 23-Oct-12 17:16:50

Oh and I forgot, I trust my own senses and not necessarily the labels - if a piece of cheese, for example, looks perfectly fine, smells perfectly fine, I am going to eat it. I won't throw away good food just because the label says it's out of date.

Obviously if its green and smells baaaaaaaaaad, then I shan't smile

Roseformeplease Tue 23-Oct-12 17:18:08

We hate waste, although don't go to quite the same lengths as some (my MiL) who once took home (200 miles) a totally picked clean carcass that had lived for 3 days in our porch as we had not managed to buy a fridge in time for Christmas. She also lives on stale bread and rotten (not bruised, actually rotten) fruit, as well as very questionable leftovers. We eat absolutely everything and throw away only scraps from plates such as bits of fat or gristle or the odd unwanted bit. My DH is known as Daddy dustbin and eats anything left on plates so that helps. We have a large freezer and often have a night when all 4 of us have a different plate of leftovers from the previous week. We also make, and consume, a lot of soup and makecoutvown bread, meaning we are much less inclined to throw it away or make more than we need.

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
We waste almost nothing. We have a caddy and two compost bins and a thriving number of fruit trees, fed from the compost.
Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No
What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Bits on the side of plates. Bagged salads going slimy in the packet - but that gets composted, so not really totally wasted.
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?
Food is frozen, put in the fridge for packed lunches or made into something else. We try to buy only what we need and will eat.
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 make a lot of soup, recycle food (ie roast chicken becomes curry, roast pork becomes a stew etc). We use it for lunches or freeze it in portions.
Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
It is not always cheaper to buy in bulk. Buy only what you will eat and plan ahead.
Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Buy very fresh fruit and veg from a market, not pre-packaged, so you only buy what you want. Buy in season. You are unlikely to want to make a stew in summer so don't buy things for stew, change your diet accordingly.
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 compost coffee grounds and human hair. At certain times of year our compost smells of oranges!

snowballinashoebox Tue 23-Oct-12 17:30:44

*Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? Yes to compost bin.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? Cornwall council doesn't offer this sadly.
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? My disorganisation mainly and that I forget I am only cooking for 3 not 4. And I hate kale which comes in my veg box and I mean to cook it, I really do but find it in the fridge weeks later.
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? A mix.
* 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? meal plan, be just a bit more organised, eat the kale.
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? eat local, fresher produce.
* 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? yes i religiously compost tea bags.
In my student days we used to hop over the wall at our local supermarket. The waste was epic and I bet that not much has changed.

shrinkingnora Tue 23-Oct-12 17:50:51

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Kitchen caddy and usually have compost but tempporarily not. Throw away approx one kitchen caddy full a week as we are putting compost in. Usually much much less.

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

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

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mostly cooked bones but sometimes raw chicken skin etc and peelings at the moment. Toast crusts and the odd bit of kids' leftovers

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? Good planning and a husband with a cast iron stomach.

* 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 are pretty good at using leftovers to make extra meals

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Plan meals and don't be afraid to make strange new meals from leftovers. Keep the fridge tidy so you don't lose stuff.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
As above. We do things like fishcakes with spare mash, treacle tart with bread crusts, risotto with leftover chicken, pie with leftover anything, crumble with old soft fruit, cakes with brown bananas

* 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

WorkInProgress Tue 23-Oct-12 18:02:45

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
throw away very little, have a compost bin for peelings, no kitchen caddy
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
no
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Peelings, leftovers...
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
cooked, very rarely throw things that are out of date
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Menu planning and keeping an eye on what is in the fridge. Get very annoyed with myself if things go out of 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?
Reuse leftovers, but to be honest don't get very many !
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Menu plan and shop carefully - no impulse buys
* 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, but to be honest I don't bother

champagnesupernova Tue 23-Oct-12 18:06:22

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

Yes have caddy/compost bin but still throw away more than we would like

* 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/bad - saved leftovers that were forgotten/ didn't fancy

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Higher proportion of cooked v uncooked

* 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?

Buy less - no point buying a special offer if you end up chucking it out! (bitter voice of experience)

* 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?
Yes, put coffee grounds in as well - but have previously had maggots (boak) as food bin is only collected every fortnight, so use compostable bags -worry that we're probably not meant to, but I am NOT dealing with maggots again.

smokinaces Tue 23-Oct-12 18:08:35

We have very little food waste. Years of budget shopping and planning - I do find those on more frugal budgets waste less food.

I don't go by dates on anything. I have potatoes from June in my fridge still good. I know brands that last well - kingsmill for instance lasts three or four days longer than hovis. Bread and cheese have been used with small green bits picked off. Half eaten snacks get wrapped in foil for another day. Smaller portions are dished up to save waste. I use my freezer a lot, extra portions are frozen as are half loaves if not used. I shop weekly and budget and plan.

I hate food waste. We have good recycling here, but mainly plastic and card etc. My food waste goes in a black sack - and one black sack lasts all week with other non recyclables in too.

modernbear Tue 23-Oct-12 18:19:03

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go?
We don't throw much food away. Any food waste gets thrown into the kitchen waste bin.

Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Yes but we don't currently use it.

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Cooking too much and not being able to freeze the leftovers (Either because I have already dished it out or it was a portion of food that had already come out of the freezer.)

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

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum.
I buy fresh food, and on that day or the next, use it all, cooking a variety of meals which will be frozen for the coming week.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
It could be composted, put in the brown bin that the council provides us. (However, we have had a major fox undermining problem recently. We are unsure if we have got rid of them entirely. I fear leaving out 'scaps' in compost bin might encourage them back or something worse will start residing in the garden. A hole has previously been gnawed into one 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?
Shop on a regular basis (not ideal for everyone) or make more use of a freezer.

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.

MaureenMLove Tue 23-Oct-12 18:19:37

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? There is not much cooked waste food in my house. It's more scraps that can't be eaten, like food skins or peelings. And teabags and egg shells
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? Yes
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?*not edible*
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? mainly uncooked
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? put smaller amounts of food on plates and opportunities for seconds, rather than waste. Anything not eaten can then be and is frozen
* 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 applicable.
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Bread crusts and bread that have gone hard, I always cut into cubes, lightly bake and put in the freezer for croutons. Or turn into bread crumbs and freeze
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?*As 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

BornToFolk Tue 23-Oct-12 18:31:13

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

I throw away very little food and food waste. I have a Bokashi bin that most things go in...apart from onion peels as I have discovered that they make the bin smell extra vile so those go to landfill waste.

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Uneaten leftovers or if I've been a bit lax at noticing when apples are going soft etc.

* 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?

Several things - I try to only buy what I need, especially fresh food. I check the fridge before I go shopping and make a list. I also keep an eye on what's in the fridge and fruit bowl and use things up. I have two freezers and use them a lot. Fruit and veg are cooked up and frozen ie. I stew fruit or make veg into soup. I turn ends of bread into crumbs and freeze. I keep bread in the freezer and take it out a few slices at a time as needed.

I also use "best before" dates purely as a guideline. I'd never throw anything away just because it had gone past that date. I use my common sense to judge if something is still edible.

* 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 doing as much as I can, to be honest. I could try cooking a little less but it can be hard sometimes ie. with noodles, one nest is not enough for me and DS but two are too many really and there's not much you can do with leftover noodles so they get Bokashied.

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

Buy less!

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

Buy less! and meal plan. You don't have to be obsessive but at least have a rough idea that you'll use fresh ingredients soon after you've done the shopping, then use up freezer/store-cupboard towards the end of the week.

* 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 compost all my tea bags. They take forever to rot down though!

rathlin Tue 23-Oct-12 19:05:56

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? No
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? Past sell by date, gone off or child nota eaten it.

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

* 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? Compost it.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Plan meals, make one pot meals, frozen veg.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Buy value brand frozen veg, make one pot meals that you can 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.

prettybird Tue 23-Oct-12 19:40:40

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Don't throw away much, unless something gets forgotten at the back of the fridge. However, sometimes in the run up to Christmas I get a bit over ambitious with what I think I am going to have time to make and freeze ahead.... blush
Meat waste goes in the bin and then into the general waste wheely bin. Vegetable/fruit waste goes into the kitchen compost caddy and then onto the compost heap in the garden or in to the trench in next year's legume's veg bed (over the winter, especially when I don't want to traipse up to 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?
See above - either something at back of the fridge or over ambitious plans - but don't do that so often now

* 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?
Menu planning and/or totally ignoring Best Before dates and/or having a healthy disregard for Use By dates unless the food smells and/or has mould growing on it (although mould on cheddar can be scraped off wink)

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Only ever throw away totally rotten food.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Teach people how to make follow-on meals from their "first" one. A roast can last all week if used imaginatively, eg roast lamb to cold lamb to a stir fry with chunks of lamb (have a lovely Elizabeth David recipe called Suleman's Pilaf) to shepherd's pie with lots of hidden veg. You could even make a soup with the bone.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Menu plan on a weekly basis with at least one non-meat meal made from store cupboard ingredients. That way, if your plans change during the week, there is nothing to go off - and you can juggle the other meals around.

* 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 we mostly use loose tea (and depending on the tea bags you use, you do get still wee partially composted "bags" in your compost heap, although the tea within them has composted)

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 23-Oct-12 19:53:12

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? yes, we get a weekly collection. We have a small caddy for in the kitchen and a bigger one to put the waste in outside with a handle that locks it so that animals and birds can't get at it. We can get the biodegradable bags dropped off with the weekly collections or collect them from any library or council office - they're free.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? food peelings are our main source of waste.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?. Mostly uncooked - see above. Any uneaten food from plates generally gets thrown out too but that's very little.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? I meal plan carefully and tend to buy fruit and veg little and often to avoid waste. I also batch cook and freeze a lot so that I can make different size portions for adults and children.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? it needs careful planning to avoid waste - buying regularly rather than in bulk for perishable items, freezing crumpets so that they can be used as needed rather than going mouldy.

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, ours go in!

LulaPalooza Tue 23-Oct-12 19:55:05

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Yes, we throw lots of food out and it drives me mad. It tends to go in the bin as we live in a flat and have no compost bin... although I am going to start a mini one on our balcony for next year's chilli plants (I grow loads from seed this year)

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
There's just DH and I and I often overcook, on the basis that he'll take the leftovers to work, then her forgets. Or we end up going out in the evening and a meal that I had planned doesn't get eaten. Frankly, it's mainly bad planning by the pair of us.

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

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

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Better use of the freezer, better forward planning

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Ummm... blush

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Use the freezer more often; freeze individual 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, they'll be the mainstay of next year's compost!

FrillyMilly Tue 23-Oct-12 19:56:20

We pit food waste in to a caddy which then goes in to our garden/cardboard bin. Most of what goes in is peelings, tea bags, bones and a small amount of left overs. We keep waste to a minimum by meal planning so only buying what we need. I freeze as much as possible, if veg is looking passed its best I cook it then freeze it. Over ripe bananas are used in banana bread, I stew other fruit and purée it to add to yoghurt. As we have such a tight budget I hate to see food go to waste. Most of what goes in our recycling bins is the packaging.

FiveFlowers Tue 23-Oct-12 20:03:09

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
No. Any food waste goes in with normal rubbish.
We have a kitchen caddy which used to be under the sink but we got mice so I stopped using it. I used to have a garden compost bin but found it was too much work tbh.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes, for raw and cooked food.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Not meal planning strictly enough and unexpected offers (rare!) to eat out or have a takeaway - and those portion sizes are usually far too big, causing waste in itself.

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?
By only buying fresh food as it's needed, rather than a regular shop for fruit & veg.

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 use it in veggie recipes, soup, fruit pies - but working ft makes this a bit difficult - I often take leftovers to work for lunch.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Just commonsense really, menu plan, buy what you need, use up leftovers, freeze surplus.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Buy loose fruit & veg and only what you know will be eaten. Clean out fridge regularly so food doesn't get wasted by leaving it too long. Watch portion sizes, it's so easy to put too much food onto plates thinking it will all be eaten.

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, our council food/garden waste bin came with a full list of compostable foods.

nextphase Tue 23-Oct-12 20:04:26

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

I think we throw away quite a bit, but there is no way its anything like the £400 I've seen quoted as an average, so we must bin less than average?
We compost all uncooked food (and tea bags and egg shells)

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

No

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

Kids refusing to eat whats on their plate, veg pealings, the occasional limp lettuce or cucumber.

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

Mixture - raw pealings, cooked kids waste, couldn't comment one way or the other

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

Write a list - buy what you need, rather than what looks good, but you don't have anything to make with it, cook the right amount, stew fruit getting near the end of its life, soup veg, and we often have a "bits and pieces" meal if something has meant we have loads of bits left, but nothing large enough for a whole meal.

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

Crystal ball to see how much the kids will eat - sometimes they will devour 2nds and even 3rd of a dish the previous week they had 2 spoonfuls of

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

Make sure you buy things to complement the ingredients - don't have a random item you can't match with anything.

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

Understand the difference between use by and best before dates, and use your nose and eyes to look at the food, rather than the actual date for most things (I'm funny with fish products - we tend to eat them the day they are bought)

* 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 compost our teabags, so yes!

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 23-Oct-12 20:05:23

Do you throw away much food at home? No

Where does the food waste go? 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? very very rare but I suppose mouldy stuff

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

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? I'm the only adult in the house and the dog is a walking waste disposal unit!

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? Don't over-buy in the first place, especially fresh stuff. Concentrate on portion size and freeze what you don't need to use.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? No, not really, I think most people know how not to waste, they just don't think about it. People have busy lives so it's not something that's at the forefront of their minds.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? see above ^ I think a lot of the advice is pretty patronising tbh. It's not rocket science. I think it's more important to encourage people to ^think about it in the first place rather than tell them things they already know.

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, but don't drink tea!

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 23-Oct-12 20:10:43

Don't know what the random italics are in aid of but you get the gist!

burleyburley Tue 23-Oct-12 20:12:41

~ we are a family from Yorkshire and do not waste much at all. We are far too tight!

We have a compost tin in the kitchen which we empty frequently into the 'composrarium' at the bottom of the garden frequently. Then it is used for gardening.

~ I don't know if are council offer anything. They haven't made us aware if they do.

~ my toddler is a good source of wasted food but I'm sure that will improve with time.

~ I think sometimes I dish out very big portions at mealtimes and waste cooked food.

~ we plan meals at the beginning of the week, and only buy what we need. If we have left overs we make stocks/soups/casseroles etc and keep them in the freezer. Any bits of scrap food also get used in lunches. I am a stay at home mum and often throw all sorts in sandwiches, omelettes, egg fried rice on things for lunch. We seem to take a sandwich everywhere we go. Often to avoid paying for lunch whilst out (being tight again).

~ The better Myself or my husband get at cooking the less waste we make.

~ people need to know the basics of cooking, and not just to cook to recipe. So how to make soups, how to use left overs etc. I would say cooking programmes are moving towards this. During richer times they used extravagant ingredients which may be used only once and then the rest wasted to make flash showey offy dishes. Now things seem to be back to basics. Oh, as well as seasonal.

~ we always have plenty of tinned food such as beans, sweet corn etc so can quickly make anything. We go to Asian supermarkets and buy essential herbs and spices in bulk to save money and have plenty in stock. We also buy a lot of seasonal fruit, potatoes and eggs straight from the local farm when we need it (partly because my son likes the tractors).

~ yes our tea bags go in the compostarium.

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
We used to throw out a lot of food, due to leftovers, forgetfulness and bulk buying. We have since gotten a wormery and are a lot more careful with shopping lists as it was a waste of money.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No.
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Leftovers that we can't do much with.
* 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?
We have lessened our throwing outage by meal planning.
* 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 got the wormery, excited about how good it will be for our garden.
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Only buy what you need, not what you think you need.
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Same applies, buy what you need not what you think you need!
* 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. But I'm not much of a tea drinker.

poppy1973 Tue 23-Oct-12 20:33:25

* 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 had kitchen caddies introduced recently with our council. We have to put all our food waste into the caddies instead of the bin. Yes we do have a compost bin but no if it is wet and horrible outside then I don't tend to put any waste in the compost bin as I am too lazy to wander up the garden to throw all the waste away - so I use the food caddy often.

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

The council has now reduced the waste collection service - so we have to put our food waste into the special caddies but we are expected to buy our own green compostable food bags to line.

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

If I can't reuse the food then I throw in the food caddy.

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

Food is mainly cooked or out of date.

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

We usually have about 3 food bags of food from the caddy a week but this is a household of 4.

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

Put into my compost bin.

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

Buy less.

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

Try and reuse as much as 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 we can put these into our food caddies for council to collect.

hytheliz Tue 23-Oct-12 20:34:52

My throwing away habits have changed dramatically since our local council has introduced home compositing/waste collection. It's great. I feel so much better about throwing out food waste since it's being composted by the council. Everything goes in there, cooked/raw food, tea bags, everything and I love it. It means our big bin is less smelly, less full (they only collect every two weeks) and I feel it's better for the environment (less landfill). I also find the doing online shops rather than in store means I buy only what I really need which cuts down on waste.

prettybird Tue 23-Oct-12 20:37:16

Just remembered : the other reason why I sometimes throw away fruit that has gone rotten is that dh complains that I don't buy enough fruit so I buy more and then it goes off hmm.

So then I go back to just buying the bananas and grapes that I know I'll eat (ds doesn't eat bananas) and a few apples (ds eats both grapes and apples) grin

* 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 some, yes. Food waste goes in the black bin. We don't have a kitchen caddy or a compost bin.

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

Not yet (Midlothian). We're scheduled to get one next spring.

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

Over-cooking - we try to batch cook but can be very bad at remembering to put leftovers in the fridge/freezer blush. We throw more out when we don't do a week's worth of meal-planning properly. Sometimes we decide on the spur of the moment to get a chipper instead of cooking, and then sometimes we just don't fancy the leftovers and make something else instead. I'm baby-led weaning my 7.5 month old and she chucks a lot of food on the floor. The dog eats most of that, though, so it doesn't go in the bin.

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

Bit of both, really. Leftovers get thrown out if we've forgotten about them, and some veg goes off before it gets used.

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

Feed it to the dog! I also pay more attention to the smell/look of food than the use-by date, so I don't throw it out just because it says to. Eggs, for example, keep for much longer than the use-by date says. If I'm not sure about them, I put them in a bowl of water to see if they float. I also freeze extra portions or put them in the fridge for DH to take to work. Meal-planning properly helps a lot.

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

Plan better and stick to it. Remember to refrigerate or freeze extra portions straight away and not leave them uncovered in the pan to go off.

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

Nothing apart from what I said above.

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

Make stock from chicken carcasses/lamb bones etc.

* 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 know that, but I don't do it.

azazello Tue 23-Oct-12 20:44:00

We throw away some food. My DCs ate still fairly small so they are still at the stage of leaving quite a bit or changing minds about likes and dislikes. My mum lives with us and is a real problem as far as food waste is concerned- she tends to buy bulk quantities of garlic pickle or tinned asparagus which we never get round to using and every time she goes on holiday she stocks up. 60 Chinese pineapple and plum sour cakes anyone?grin

The other thing is that we do grow a lot of food. While this is great, we have gluts and there is fairly regularly a bag of courgette or lettuce in the fridge which has come in from the garden but we have run out if energy and enthusiasm to find a use for.

We compost a lot (most of the vege waste above) but the Council has stopped doing food collections.

We're getting better but slowly.

Puppypoppet Tue 23-Oct-12 20:47:38

Throw away fruit and veg peelings, leftovers that cannot be kept for another meal / snack, also sometimes guilty of over buying and throw away the odd half used packet of salad / spinach when it gets past its best and the odd yoghurt or few slices of ham blush. It goes into my general waste bin as not allowed to put in "garden bin" it is for grass cuttings etc. I presume it goes to landfill as no incinerator round here. I do not have a kitchen caddy as do not compost as have no need for it (very minimalist garden!!).
Local council does not offer a food waste collection service - I wish they would.
The food I throw away is a mixture of cooked and uncooked food.
I use as much of the leftovers as I can in other dishes such as soups / casseroles etc. Hate throwing away salad stuff, yoghurts and ham but they cannot be frozen if I over buy - guess I just need to be more organised to ensure they get eaten up before use by dates.
Was aware tea bags can be composted after staying at an eco friendly farm.

Hopezibah Tue 23-Oct-12 20:50:28

I rarely throw any food away. I make sure we buy just the right amount and I make sure it all gets eaten before it goes rotten. Very rarely something may go off before we use it and I always feel angry at myself for not spotting that and using the food sooner. But this only happens once in a blue moon.

We don't have a compost bin (we used to have one but when garden was wrecked by builders we never replaced it). Although i love the idea of composting, in a small garden it did cause a few little problems like flies/pests/smell and we once had a snake!

I keep wanting to get a nice beehive looking one but at the moment it makes more sense just to put the peelings in the green bin collected by the council.

On the odd occasion that we have thrown food away (occassionally may happen if we are unwell and don't eat as much food as planned for example), it is mainly uncooked food. Once food it cooked it gets eaten that day or leftovers get eaten next day or i will freeze meals to prevent wastage.

We manage to keep waste to a minimum by only buying what we need and making sure everything gets used in meal combinations that prevent waste. e.g. any extra veg that might be turning gets added to anything i am cooking that day.

Just needs a little resourcefulness inventiveness and planning to prevent waste food. I don't mega plan meals but just make sure i use up food before it goes out of date.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
add extra veggies to any meal like bolognaise, chilli con carne, shepherds pie etc and then freeze little portions of leftovers for another meal another day.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Just buy what you need. if you are regularly throwing away a certain food then you are probably buying too much of 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?

yes. (we don't drink much tea though).

cashmere Tue 23-Oct-12 20:55:03

We are trying throw away less:-
Leftover bread- used to often chuck the last 3rd of a loaf. Now turn into breadcrumbs and freeze. Use for stuffing, meatballs or on macaroni cheese.
Past it's best fruit- make into muffins. Usually plum or apple. Sometimes stew and make Fruit Crumble or Charlotte using breadcrumbs.
Old veg gets turned into soup.

Look carefully at labels when buying food- accidently bought houmous on Saturday that was use by Sunday though : (

Sort through the fridge every other day- takes 5 mins but reminds me what we have.

Menu plan so buy less in the first place.

Take leftovers for lunch the next day.

Not great at cooking the right amount of pasta and rice. We eat more than the recommended portion on the packs.

Nigellissimom Tue 23-Oct-12 20:55:18

* 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 not to, I hate wasting food! Most of the wasted food is down to the DCs. We were given a food waste caddy by the local council (which we are supposed to line with newspaper) but i don't use it blush I hate the sight of it in my kitchen. I still have it though so might start using it. We have the brown compost/garden waste bin.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? *
They collect the brown bin fortnightly!

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? *
The kids waste most, so uneaten food, or if i cook too much sometimes the leftovers just get binned.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? *
I would say 50/50 maybe slightly more cooked food..

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?*
I try to cook just what we need and freeze 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?*
Freeze it for another time

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?*
Cook what we will use!

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?*
Stick to a shopping list so we buy what we need.

* 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 smile

woodchuck Tue 23-Oct-12 21:02:19

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
When i do a bulk shop, and plan badly, eg. if I have planned a meal and we go out for dinner instead. Then sometimes I throw away fresh food.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Scrapings from the plate I suppose, or gone off veg. Very little else.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I meal plan carefully.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Maybe I could get half a loaf of bread out ata time instead of a full loaf, as i sometimes throw away the last few slices when they are no longer fresh

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Freeze leftovers, even small portions. I can then take these to work or reheat small amounts of curry/chilli etc to go on a baked potato for the kids' tea

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Buy less food. Only buy in bulk when you know you will use everything, or buy a bulk purchase and split with a family member

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 food waste is collected round here and I don't have space for composting. But then, i dont drink tea, so not a worry!

Starshaped Tue 23-Oct-12 21:03:42

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
We live in a flat and unfortunately our Local Authority hasn't introduced a food waste collection scheme for flats and apartments (it has for houses). This means that food waste goes straight in the bin. To be honest though, we're quite careful with food and don't throw much away - largely because I meal plan (and stick to it) and because DH is a gannet who'll happily clear all our plates!

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
As above, yes for houses and low rise flats but no to multi-storey blocks - which they class as anything with three or more storeys.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
We don't throw much away and that which we do tends to be bread that has gone mouldy round the crusts or stuff like Philadelphia that has gone mouldy. Rightly or wrongly, once I see any sign of any mould like stuff on food, I can't go near it!
We don't throw much cooked food away. I tend to measure things like pasta and rice before cooking and stick to recommended portions sizes, which means we don't waste much cooked food.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
The key things for us are meal planning and making sure we stick to it. It isn't always easy when you really fancy the chippy for tea but are meant to be eating some sort of veggie concoction, but it's usually possible to switch things round and relegate the meal with the longest sell by date to later in the week. Sticking to recommended portion sizes when cooking also helps because it means we're not left with mounds of pasta or rice in the pan.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Meal planning!!

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Yep. Friends and family compost their tea bags and it's something we'd do if we could.

marquesas Tue 23-Oct-12 21:04:16

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

I try to keep food waste to an absolute minimum. I have a compost bin, throw anything suitable out for the birds but do have to throw anything cooked away.

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

No

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

Forgotten about food in the fridge that goes too far out of date

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

Mainly uncooked

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

Menu planning, not minding eating leftovers myself and trying to be inventive with 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?

Keeping better track of fresh items in the fridge

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

Nothing revolutionary, just buy what you need to stick to the menu plan

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

No but will read everyone else's tips

* 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 compost all tea bags and coffee grounds

EwanHoozami Tue 23-Oct-12 21:13:17

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

Hardly any now. Husband is obsessed with reducing waste and I can't bear the earache. Our eggshells etc go into a caddy.

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

Yes, weekly.

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

Young children, mostly. I keep most leftovers but not the half-chewed stuff (thanks, three year-old..)

* 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?

Meal planning after a thorough fridge and freezer recce. I also eat low-carb and am not shy about eating leftover dinner for breakfast.

* 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 know I should have a compost heap of some sort but that would involve having a bigger garden and more enthusiasm for gardening! I have been known to bake up a load of stews / quiches etc and distributing them to unsuspecting neighbours.

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

I wish there was a decent web resource where you could input a list of what you have that needs using to generate a list of recipes. I usually just throw it into google. Love Food Hate waste is OK, but you can only input one ingredient at a time.

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

eerrr.. Having a grumpy husband who grumbles about the contents of the waste caddy? (He's lovely in all other ways, honest!)

* 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 indeed.

VirtuallyHere Tue 23-Oct-12 21:13:58

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 very little food waste (on a weekly basis less than half of one of the tiny little indoor bins provided by the council, we don't even use the big bin the bags are supposed to fill). We have a dog, have had a wormery (and will do so next summer again) and don't buy food we won't use.

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

Yes

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

Waste food - e.g. peelings, egg shells. And occasionally food that has gone mouldy (e.g. last couple of slices of bread).

* 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?

Don't buy food we aren't going to use. Don't buy lots of food at one time. Scraps of leftover dinner go to the dog and, when the wormery is in action, vegetable peelings go in there.

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

Wormeries - they are fantastic.

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

Plan what meals you are going to cook before shopping.

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

Plan what meals you are going to cook before 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

I've thought of something else - supermarkets should sell veg in smaller packets. You get a massive bag of curly kale, spinach or bean sprouts and it goes off before you can use it, if you're only cooking for two and a baby. And they shouldn't hike the price for smaller bags, either!

LoganMummy Tue 23-Oct-12 21:19:35

We have a special food waste bucket which lives in our kitchen so all veg peelings, tea bags, egg shells, food waste goes in that which then gets emptied into our brown bin - this also collects garden waste. In total we have seven different bags/bins for recycling and waste. When we first moved to this area (East Renfrewshire, Scotland) it took a bit of getting used to but now it's second nature.

Having the food bin has made us realize just how much food we used to waste. We now plan meals, measure portion sizes and use the app Love Food Hate Waste to help us get recipes for leftover food - some of which we freeze.

marmitemad Tue 23-Oct-12 21:20:41

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Yes we have a kitchen caddy for uncooked organic food waste to go in the compost bin. leftover cooked meat and food goes into the kitchen bin and landfill but I try to minimise this.

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?*
usually burnt or overcooked food or rotting/mouldy food as I only cook what we need to eat to reduce food waste

* 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?* cook correct portion sizes, plan meals and buy fresh food regularly and in small quantities, freeze leftover food when possible

* 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?* check the fridge regularly to catch food before it goes off and use up in soup/casseroles

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?* meal planning and only buying what food is needed

* 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 don't have council food waste collection but yes we compost them

gaelicsheep Tue 23-Oct-12 21:29:42

Oh goody, a subject close to my heart:

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
No, but unfortunately the waste does go in the bin. If we could afford organic veg then I'd keep the peelings for stock, but I don't fancy pesticide stock. We have no compost heap (no use for one as yet) so not much point having a kitchen caddy.

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Food left uneaten by the children and too slobbered over to be eaten by anyone else or frozen.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Cooked. Uncooked food hardly ever, only due to a mistake on use by dates for perishables (if they look/smell off) which is very rare and makes me feel very very guilty if it does happen.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
If the children leave food, wherever possible I keep it for freezing/reheating. If it's lunchtime I'll often eat what the children don't instead of making lunch for myself, or make less lunch than I would have done. Otherwise leftovers go to the cats and only as an absolute last resort in the 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?
I so rarely put food in the bin it's hard to say. Overripe bananas usually go into a milkshake or banana cake.

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

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

hugoagogo Tue 23-Oct-12 21:29:57

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 not to throw much food away. We do have a compost bin a and caddy, waste cooked food has to go in the normal bin and sadly ends up in landfill.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? No, although in nearby streets they do have brown wheelie bins for compostable waste.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
If something has gone bad, or if I have cooked too much rice or pasta.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
I would say mostly cooked, the too much rice or pasta or chicken bones, fat and skin off meat.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Meal planning and keeping an eye on fresh food and using things up or freezing things before they spoil.

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?

Yes!

skyebluezombie Tue 23-Oct-12 21:31:37

We did a cooking course with WI through the Children's Centre and it showed us how to cook from scratch and to use up leftovers.

Banana bread from bananas past their best, bread into bread and bitter pudding, odds of cheese into sauces, soft tomatoes into soup,

All sorts of ideas and not always obvious to some people.

We do have food caddy but it goes into green garden waste bin and is collected fortnightly so I don't use it. All fruit veg tea bags goes into the compost bin.

I think supermarkets should give all leftover food to homeless hostels rather than just throw it away. Also stop BOGOF offers and make small portions of stuff cheaper.

HappyTurquoise Tue 23-Oct-12 21:49:44

Hello Carrie, I hope you enjoy your day with the movers and shakers of the sustainability world. Here’s the turquoise household answers:

* Do you throw away much food at home?
No, we don’t throw much away.
*Where does the food waste go?
It either goes into the brown bin to be collected and recycled by the council (we’re in Gloucester) or it gets fed to our chickens or cats, or wild hedgehogs, or it goes into our home composter.
*Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Yes, both.

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Sometimes the children leave a little of their food at mealtimes. We used to get food delivered and I found when I took on more work hours it was hard to plan meals using the things that got delivered. (It was a box scheme, so I didn’t always know what I’d get.)
Last summer we had a glut of apples on the trees in our garden. I used what I could to make jams and chutneys, we gave lots of bags away, but we still found a lot had to be thrown away. That was when we decided to get composters.

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

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

Now I only buy fruit and vegetables I know will get used up one way or another and I have the plan of what we will have for meals and snacks on paper or in my head. I shop the night before I will do a bulk cook, and cook the meals up in the dishes that they will be served from, or separate into smaller portions in Tupperware.

* 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 got chickens recently and I learned on Mumsnet that the chickens will eat leftover porridge, cooked rice, bread crusts and other scraps. Before we had chickens we would put food out for the birds, but now we get eggs in return. The egg shells go back on the garden to keep slugs off the herbs. I have a friend who runs a restaurant and she brings around food scraps for our chickens which would otherwise be thrown away.
One of the things that we do still seem to waste is the energy drinks my children buy which get half drunk and then the rest is poured down the sink! I’ve just decided we can’t afford to do this anymore. I’m going to buy or make healthier squashes/cordials and flasks for them to reuse and take to school. It will mean less wasted packaging as well.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Keep an eye on the fruit bowl. I know my children won’t eat fresh fruit if it is a bit blemished, so if bananas start to go spotty or apples get the odd scratch or bruise, I try to use them in cakes and muffins. These are great in a packed lunch, or the whole lot gets taken to the kid’s sports club, as there’s always a hungry hoard of teenagers who will eat non-stop there.
When my children brought their packed lunches home from school, I used to notice that they would leave their crusts (but eat the chocolate bar or cake and other snacks). So I simply stopped putting the other snacks in, they got a sandwich or two, and some fruit and maybe a yogurt, and a drink. I said they could start having their treats again when they ate up their crusts. One soon started to eat their crusts and now quite likes them. The other doesn’t really like bread anyway, so makes up wraps for most lunches.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
My parents lived through WWII and I was brought up on a mantra of ‘waste not, want not’ and ‘make do and mend’. The sorts of things that seem to have gone out of fashion are coming back round again, out of necessity.
Reduce the amount of food you buy in the first place. Refuse to buy or accept what you know you can’t use.
There was a harvest festival when I needed to find some tins to send into the school to give to the local food bank. I was shocked to find I had tins and packets of food that were past their use by date! I’m sure I’m not the only. They were the types of food we don’t normally eat, bought on a whim and then left at the back, forgotten. So now I go through my cupboards after I defrost the freezer and check all the packets and tins. Any that are going to be past their best before date in the next 6 months, I use up somehow, make into meals and puddings and put in the freezer, or put on a list of meals to be cooked in the next few weeks.
One way of looking at the issue is to not make waste in the first place by getting the most from what you have.
¬Don’t peel potatoes, scrub them and leave on most of the skins (where most of the vitamins are).
If you’re cooking something precooked, from frozen, make sure it all gets eaten up for that meal, as the leftovers are not supposed to be recooked or refrozen again. It’s better to freeze smaller meal portions and put some together to feed extra people (or add to it from things in the cupboards) rather than put all the bulk cooking in large dishes or boxes to be used up in one go. If your children eat vastly different amounts to you, then put their portions in separately, and label everything up really well.
If you have leftover pastry after making a quiche or pie, cut the rest into little strips and coat with honey with a bit of chili powder and sesame seeds, or cooked onion and grated cheese, and have as little nibbles, with a dip.
If you are using a recipe which uses only part of an ingredient (such as egg yolks) find another recipe which uses up the rest of that ingredient (e.g. meringues).
When cooking, you usually don’t need to stick strictly to the ingredient list. You can make substitutions. For example, if your recipe asks for spinach and it isn’t available, substitute cabbage or lettuce (depending on whether it is to be cooked or not).
If you have big meals to use up before going on holiday or so that you can defrost the freezer, invite friends and family or neighbours around to share it rather than waste any.

Another way to look at this is, don’t throw away leftovers as they can be the start of your next delicious meal. Reuse your left overs.
Leftover potatoes are delicious fried up with sausages, or in a Spanish omelette, or as a topping for a pie, or made into fish cakes.
The carcass from a roast chicken dinner can be picked over for the best flavoured brown meat (great in a curry or pie) and the carcass itself can be cooked up with some veg and a stock cube to make great broth/stock. This is all sieved; the liquid is kept and can be used for soups, stews, risottos or a base for sauces. The rest is thrown away, the remains of the carcass in the main bin, the veg goes on the compost. I suppose if I had a way to crush the bones, then they could be converted into fertiliser since I do buy bone meal for the garden! My teenager suggests that a good reuse of the carcass is to put a candle in it and make it into a spooky Halloween decoration.
The crusts of a loaf of bread can be used to make breadcrumbs to coat chicken joints, or for a savoury crumble topping.
Leftover roast dinner can be put into pastry to make little pasties.
If we have a portion of food left over from an evening meal, often my husband will take it to work for lunch the next day.
Left over soup can be taken to school in a good thermos for packed lunches for older children.

* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Of course! So can coffee grounds, in fact almost any food stuffs can be put in our council waste bins. The only foods we cannot put into ours are oils or other liquids and animal carcasses (although the odd bone is alright, according to their website). I prefer not to put cooked meat into our own composter, so that goes in the brown bin too.

Bonus question: Mr Turquoise and the children were talking about what fruit or vegetables we would all be if we had to be one. Mr Turquoise said I’d be a peach! (He’s learning!)

wonderstuff Tue 23-Oct-12 21:52:14

We have good weeks and bad weeks with food waste - I try to menu plan and only buy what I need, sometimes that goes to pot because we don't fancy whats on the plan, or meat goes off before we get to it, or Tesco fails to deliver half the order..
So uncooked food is mainly wasted if we don't cook it in time or we forget about veg in the cupboard.
We do waste a bit of cooked food too, ds has a variable appetite and its impossible to predict acurately how much he'll eat - dh can be a bit like that too, if he has frequent back problems and if he is suffering his appetite vanishes.
We are quite good at freezing batches of food - its food reheated from frozen that gets wasted.
We have no food caddy scheme where we are (Hampshire) so food waste goes in the bin sadly.

I did know that tea bags could be composted, but I don't compost!
I think if I had more time I'd waste less - casseroles and stocks are great for using up food, but can only be done on days I don't work.

steppemum Tue 23-Oct-12 21:53:18

I have a kitchen compost which goes onto my garden. But this usually has peelings and apple cores in it, not usable food. and yes I put tea bags in there, and egg shells and even some cardboard grin (my rabbits eat some of the stuff that would go in this bin too)

Council don't collect food, they do collect green garden waste. (our council is pretty good, collects plastic, tins, paper, cardboard, glass on the doorstep)

We thrown away very, very little food. Occasionally food goes off before it is used, or left overs go off (but both are rare - see below) Most food thrown away would be scrappings from plates, so cooked I suppose.

Why do we have so little waste?
1. I plan the weeks menus. I buy what I need.
2. I cook from scratch and know how much my family eats
3. I have a freezer. I think actually this is the key. When I go shopping I pick up special offers, extra meat on BOGOF sales etc. They all go in the freezer. In fact if I shop on Monday, then the meat for tues and wed stay in fridge, but the rest goes in the freezer.
4. when we have left overs, they often go in the freezer (labelled eg one potion chilli) or are used up for lunch next day
5. If fruit bowl is full and starting to go off I get everybody to eat it!

what would help food waste? - it is fresh fruit and veg that is often the culprit, yet the supermarket often have large bags of fruit on 2 for 1 offers. It is often hard to buy smaller fresh fruit and veg portions. Fine if you are abig family, hard if not.

Cies Tue 23-Oct-12 21:56:46

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
No, not much. It goes into the non-recylable bin (no food waste collection service here).
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Fruit gone mouldy. Child's snack left in bag for too long, and gone yucky.
* 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 always freeze leftoevers, even tiny amounts. I only meal plan a couple of days ahead and shop locally to get the things I need for the next couple of days, therefore I can make sure I use up anything that's going off. I often eat bizarre combinations of food just to use them up.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
See above
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Buy only what you need. Be adventurous in how you cook things.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Buy in bulk and freeze what you don't need straight 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.

Filmbuffmum Tue 23-Oct-12 21:57:49

Do you throw away much food at home?
More since having fussy children!
Where does the food waste go?
Recycling- compost (raw veg peeling etc) and kitchen caddy (cooked food, meat)
Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes- cooked food waste goes to local biodigester plant
What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Throw away very little food except that which the children decide not to eat
Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Cooked food
If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Careful control of what we buy and portion sizes
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 we do this already
Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Make sure to keep an eye on dates and label foods clearly, freeze leftovers which can be used again
Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Have lots of different sizes of pots, or use rinsed out margarine tubs etc to store leftovers for freezing
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

katecreate Tue 23-Oct-12 22:02:57

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

Not much at all. We have a dog happy to eat anything inedible to us humans. Stuff like potato peelings goes in the compost. Mouldy bread goes to the birds.

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

No

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

Buying too much of something that cannot be eaten before going off e.g multipack being only pennies more than the single item.

* 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 try not to get swayed by offer and try to buy only what I think will be used. This doesn't always work!

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

Planning meals to make better use of what is due to go off.

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

Use common sense rather than follow 'use by'. 'Best before's a fine to eat after their date. Try not to be lazy and order a takeaway when you have food to be eaten!

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

Buy reduced food and freeze, freeze, 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

tapahdc Tue 23-Oct-12 22:11:25

Sounds slightly strange but I have found I have recently seriously cut down my food waste by actually eating it! I used to buy it all in but then decide I couldn't be bothered to cook and so would end up with take away. Since having to tighten the purse strings and refusing to pick up the phone to the chinese I actually get through my food! Also decide what I will eat that evening based on what goes out of date first in my fridge.

I used to be a stickler for best before dates but are much more relaxed around them now- if it looks and smells fine it goes in my mouth, not in the bin!

ceeveebee Tue 23-Oct-12 22:12:56

* 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?

We have a weekly food recycling collection. There isn't usually that much - potato peelings, bones, teabags and coffee grains etc, and loads of leftover DCs food that has been thrown from highchairs onto floors

Rarely throw fresh veg or fruit out. If it starts going off I cook and freeze it either as part of a meal or just chopped/puréed etc.

I also put all meat/fish etc in freezer as soon as I buy it except what we plan to eat that day. Then if DH decides he is working late or I can't be bothered to cook for whatever reason then it can be saved for another day.

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? Yes, I throw away a fair bit every week, into the bin destined for landfill. Yes, I have been supplied with a kitchen caddy and a bin into which cooked and uncooked food and gardening waste can go. No way is a caddy sitting on my work top until it needs emptying when the appropriate bin is just outside.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? Yes, see above. I have a brown wheelie bin for this purpose. But I've never understood how cooked food waste and other composting materials are compatible in one bin. With a fortnightly collection.
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? DS won't eat it. Simple as. He's been taught at school that food past its date will poison him. Or DH is on a diet this week that I didn't know about and is not now eating carbs / protein / eggs.
* 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? When dh works away, I can meal plan better.
* 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 do with being backed up from school that use by dates are guidelines, and not limits on poison!
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Don't buy it! Bogof not always used.
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Soups and stews. I do do this, I'm not as bad as I'm making myself sound.
* 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 do. But they stick to the sides or bottom of the bin, and don't get emptied. And they, and other waste, stink in a wet bin. I'm quite sure that hosing it out periodically into the road drains doesn't impress the water company very much.

* 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 not to throw too much away. Food waste goes in the kitchen caddy

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?*
Yes, a new service introduced this year. We are provided with a kitchen caddy and a larger food waste bin to keep outside. The waste is collected weekly.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?* Food that has gone rotten (recently a spate of raspberries not lasting until their 'best before' date, or food that my daughter of 21 months has rejected/chewed up and spat out/thrown onto the floor.

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

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
When possible, excess quantities are frozen, or stored in the fridge to be recycled into the next night's dinner.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?*
At the moment, I don't think I can do any more than I am doing already.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?*
Only the concept of 'recycling' leftovers to make new meals, or making smaller portions of meals in the first place.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?*
At present, no.

* 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 do this. Before the council provided food waste collection services, I used the compost bin in my garden.

GreenShadow Tue 23-Oct-12 22:26:53

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 much food away - not paranoid about 'best before dates' and DC are expected to finish their food within reason. Any cooked waste is thrown out (or meaty bits given to cats) but raw stuff is composted. We have several composts bins in the garden. (Not sure what a kitchen caddy is).

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Sometimes bought and just not used or sometimes bits left after a meal.

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

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Freeze food if it's not going to be used or if I made 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?
Freeze more. More meals from left overs.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Don't give people too much food to start with - have the option of 'seconds'.

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home
Oh yes - have always composted them.

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? Not if I can help it. I have 2 freezers, one of which is used just for cooked meals and leftovers. I hate throwing food away, and I'm extremely careful to only cook what I need (unless it's a roast, or I'm doing double portions for the freezer).

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? Only if it actually goes off before I use it, many things say 'once open use within 2 days' or similar, it's frustrating.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? I never throw cooked food away, unless it's rice, but I usually do the best I can to measure portions accurately.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? I only cook what I need. I plan our meals for the week on Sunday, that way I know what we'll need and not buy anything else. Anything like leftover Sunday roasts are sliced up and frozen, or used the next day as part of a planned meal.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? Freeze it. Blanche and freeze veg, freeze everything except rice (I'm a bit funny about that). Freeze milk, meat, everything. Then plan meals around what is in the freezer.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Plan meals, using what's in the freezer or cupboards. Only buy or cook what you need. Weigh/measure portions.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Milk can be frozen in ice-cube trays, then use a cube in a cuppa, it's just about the right amount. Same goes for pasta sauces and the like, freeze in small portions to use at a later date. Buy smaller helpings, like the smallest carton of cream or hummus (or similar).

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home? Tea bags don't disintegrate well at all IMO. I have to tear the bags open before I put them in the compost, otherwise they stay whole for ages.

Firawla Tue 23-Oct-12 22:52:12

We waste quite a lot sad I feel guilty about it as its such a waste of money and also a waste of good food
I keep meaning to do strict meal plans to avoid this, but somehow I never get round to it.
The things that get wasted is mainly the fresh food like by buying too many vegetables and salad and not using it within the required time, so have to throw it. Because we do big shops rather than little and often or shopping locally. when I had a fruit and veg market right outside my front door this never ever happened because I could buy daily, but now I worry about running out so buy too much and then end up wasting
but I need to make more effort on this i think.
It just gets chucked in our normal bin - council dont have any special bins or collections for this as far as i 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 mainly throw away veg/fruit peelings and left over food that the children waste from their meals. The council takes the food waste. We have 2 caddies. One for in the kitchen and a bigger one in the garden that gets emptied weekly

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
mostly peelings or kids leftovers. But I am guilty of letting bread go off

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
main,y uncooked due to the amount of food prep

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
i try and freeze left overs or use left overs in another meal

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
planning to use the leftovers in future meals

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
only cook what you can eat. If you cook too much, freeze left overs straight away

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
meal plan. Only cook what we can eat. Portion food on a plate before you cook 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?
yes am aware

I have only recently realised I can get food caddy bags. (They are compostable). This should be made known as despite cleaning the bins regularly, they stink and get maggot infested in the summer. Now I've got the bags and I can tie them up, this shouldn't be so much of a problem.

Also, if you have space on your freezer, you could freeze the food waste until the day of food waste collection. I do t have the freezer space!

EllenParsons Wed 24-Oct-12 00:05:02

I don't throw away loads of food but I do usually end up chucking away one thing or another every week. It just goes into my main bin as I haven't got a garden so I don't have a compost bin, as nowhere to put compost.

My council is hackney and they don't have a food collection service, or a least not on my street. My street does not even have wheels bins or any kind of recycling, we just have to put out black bin bags on the street.

The main reasons I end up throwing food away are buying too much on Bogof (often seem to do this with yogurts and don't always manage to get through them all), and buying fruit which doesn't last long, or which is rock hard when i buy it but seems to go over ripe almost immediately when brought home (Tesco nectarines are terrible for this), and just the fact that as I am single sometimes a packet contains too much and the food won't keep for me to have it again.

The food I throw out is mainly uncooked.

I try to keep waste to a minimum by freezing things I've bought on offer if I don't think I will get around to eating them before they go off.

I suppose I should meal plan more to make the most of the waste instead of throwing

Ideas for wasting less could be to bulk cook more and freeze it,so I'm not left with the uncooked remainder of food lying around

To money save I should really meal plan and try to reduce the amount I throw away, as buying Bogof then throwing half is not really a bargain in reality!

melliebobs Wed 24-Oct-12 00:34:46

Our council does a food waste service. However it is just a trial at the moment for terraced housing. What that has to do with it I don't know. When we first got our house we used the service every week but haven't done for over a year. The main reason being it was bloody gross. All food waste had to be wrapped up in newspaper so by the time it came to collection even though it was weekly it was a stinking mouldy mess. And the bin would often be in a gut wrenching state. The town next to us where we lived previously had a similar service but as we were in a flat weren't elligable but they provided bio degradable bags to put your food waste in. A lot nicer

But as times gone on their is very little food wastage. We shop weekly. We have a list before we go and we plan our meals for the week and only buy off the list. We cook in bulk so a lot of stuff or extra portions are frozen. And any veg that's on it's last legs gets chopped n frozen to use at a later date

lisalisa Wed 24-Oct-12 00:59:59

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

We score very badly here but in our defence we are a large family of 9 poeple and I never know if some of our older members will eat or will want seconds or will be out. So we do throw away cooked fruit and sometimes veg in the fridge that I've forgotton about. And no I don't use caddy or compost bin blush
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?

I have no idea but couldn't envisage keeping smelly rotten food somewhere for a once weekly collection service as that would smell too bad

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

Explained above

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

Maily cooked

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

|On good weeks I menu plan vociferously or under cook and pad it out with tinned veg like sweetcorn or put up a quick rice if potatoes no longer look enough

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

Recipes for lefotvers probably

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

Menu plan and also recipe books for leftovers - there is a great marketing idea

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

Only the 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?

No I didn't

ScarePhyllis Wed 24-Oct-12 04:18:07

If I throw food away, it tends to be fruit or uncooked vegetables that have gone bad. Either stuff that has been hiding in the fridge and I didn't see or, in the case of fruit, stuff that I optimistically purchase forgetting I don't actually eat a lot of fruit by itself. I can't remember ever throwing cooked stuff away.

I think meal planning and cooking the right amounts is crucial to wasting less food.

tbh, I worry more about excess food packaging than food waste because that's something I largely don't have control over.

ScarePhyllis Wed 24-Oct-12 04:22:01

Oh and yes, we compost and have a compost bin in the kitchen we can just put stuff straight into. I know you can put teabags in. No council collection.

I do have a couple of recipes for fruit that is on the edge of going bad, like over ripe bananas.

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? Hardly any. I have a kitchen caddy (well, I didn't like the council one so I bought a posh version. Saddo me) and I put in onion skins, tea and coffee and the only scraps that won't be eaten by a dustbin-dog or a rabbit. So not many.

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

Yes, green bin every second week. It goes in with garden waste.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Yoghurts blush. The best deals are for 12s and they go out of date. Or we just don't finish something - for eg some houmous, as we don't fancy it two days running and it doesn't keep.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
About the same, not much of either

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Meal planning, above mentioned dustbin dog. Taking leftovers 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?
I don't know - I'm already very conscious of it.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Meal plan, take leftovers for lunches. Buy tupperware!

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Meal plan, take leftovers for lunches grin. Freeze surplus. Have 'consolidation' meals where you bung whatever is left into a new dish. So pasta bake can go in a stew, all elderly veg in a soup etc.

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

Sure did.

Snog Wed 24-Oct-12 07:00:04

We waste far far less food than we used to by meal planning then getting an ocado delivery every 4 days.

NormaStanleyFletcher Wed 24-Oct-12 07:17:44

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? 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?
Kids not finishing their meals, or cooked too much.
* 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?
Leftovers are used for lunch the next day - I bag it up and take it to work. Also I freeze left over gravy, mash etc for adding to other meals
* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
See above
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Menu planning
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Menu planning
* Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home?
Oh yes. And coffee grounds.

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 far too much here, although a fair bit is leftovers from toddlers. It goes into our general waste bin.

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

No, and I'm not sure I would use it if they did.

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

Mostly, I have cooked too much and forget to put leftovers in the freezer or I have no room in the freezer for it. Or it has been a really busy day / week at work and i am too tired to cook.

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

probably 50 / 50 depending on the week.

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

get a bigger freezer!

Anchorwoman Wed 24-Oct-12 08:15:06

I have found that by not shopping at supermarkets but doing regular little local shops during the week saves waste. I can plan meals for the next few days or just pick up the perishable food like veg I need for that day. Doing massive shops means its really difficult to plan ahead and using the stuff up at the back of the fridge before it goes off is more of a challenge.

I know how I'm going to use leftovers before I start cooking a big meal. So if its a roast I will have planned soup or a pie in advance for next day. We couldn't afford to throw food away when we can get another family meal out of it.

I have family that cook huge meals to show off and seem to take actual pride in how much gets chucked in the bin afterwards, it makes me so sad. Also makes me want to raid the bin on the way home whenever we go there!

I am also quite meh about use by dates for most things and completely ignore best before dates.

KnockedUpMell Wed 24-Oct-12 08:27:12

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?
I try not to but inevitably some food is wasted weekly. We use a kitchen caddy.

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Food past expiry date

* 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?
Frequent shops rather than a large weekly 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?

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Would be great if supermarkets sold food in a variety of package sizes. E.g only my son eats cooked chicken breast, and never in sufficient quantities to finish the pack within 3 days of opening

* 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?
Yes

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?
We hardly throw any food waste. We have dogs and we compost peeling etc

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Last scrapings of meal that dogs cant eat

* 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?
Buy really good quality veg with long life, soup everything nearing it's end, eat things in the fridge before buying more, buy little and often. Don't do BOGOFs

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
soup, freeze, gratin veg...feed to hungry pooches

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Don't buy so much. Sounds simple, but if you don't know which meal it is going to be for, don't buy it. Small quantities of EXCITING fruit get eaten much quicker than large quantities of apples, oranges etc

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
don't buy so much !

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

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? Food waste goes into a compost bin which is collected by the council
Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? Yes
What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away Bad planning on my part
Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? Mainly peelings and stale bread
If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? Making soup from leftover veg , I use a serving dish so everyone helps themselves to how much veg they want
How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? Feed it to the chickens ! They love cooked potato !
Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Don't buy so much , meal plan and be sensible
Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? As 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

CheddarandMarmite Wed 24-Oct-12 09:50:05

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
I throw away a fair bit of the food left on my children's plates (they are 4 and 1). It goes into a kitchen caddy and then into the food waste bin outside, which is collected weekly along with other rubbish, recycling etc. We don't have a garden, so no compost bin for us.

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Children have not eaten all their food, 1 year old has thrown food on the floor/poured drink over it/generally reduced it to inedible mess.
Or have forgotten about something at the back of the fridge and it has gone off (though since we have bought a larger fridge this happens less, as things less likely to get hidden at the back)

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

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Although I throw away food that my children haven't eaten, I manage to reduce waste well in other areas - I serve out small portions(you can always get seconds) which means extra food left over hasn't been on plates/ chewed by a 4 year old, and so can be put in the fridge and eaten at a later meal. I use lots of airtight plastic containers to store leftovers, and we try to have a meal using leftovers regularly.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? Try and plan meals carefully so everything gets used up quickly, and you don't end up with scraps lurking in the fridge for weeks on end before they just get thrown away.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? I shop daily, little and often, especially for things like fruit. I used to find that I'd buy a big bag of apples or something and then only a couple would get eaten before everyone decided they wanted a change. So now we stop off and buy fruit and bread for the day on the way home from school, it gets eaten straight away and doesn't hang around going soft.

* 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? Yes!

dinkystinky Wed 24-Oct-12 10:15:06

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

We have a food bin, with biogradable liners. We do throw away vegetables that start going mouldy - other than that we try not to throw much food away but its amazing how quickly the scraps and other food detritus (egg shells, tea bags etc) from a meal add up and fill the food bin.

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

Yes - introduced last year. They told us we couldnt use liners at first and the bin was DISGUSTING - I had to bleach it on a fortnightly basis. Apparently not many people in the borough were using them so they had to relent and agree to letting people use biodegradable liners (thank god) and they are being used more. It seems to be collected on a daily basis.

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

Leftovers from kids or if vegetables/fruit go off.

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

Mostly cooked (if kids leave items/drop things)

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

We have a council run food collection service.

It is collected weekly and we usually have about 1 bag in there.

We don't waste a lot of food. It mostly consists of veg peelings, tea bags and things the baby has decided to tthrow on the floor.

Great topic, and something close to my heart.

* Do you throw away much food at home? No, we have very little food to throw away, just scraps, peelings etc Where does the food waste go? in food compost bin or to my chickens 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? Occasional forgetfulness of what is in the fridge or the fruitbowl, but it's rare

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? cooked, but very little, as chickens love it! Our chickens definitely lay more eggs when we are regularly giving them scraps

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? meal planning, meal planning, meal planning. Bulk cook and freeze, always apply leftovers to some useful purpose

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? there is so little that I don't think we could do much more

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Meal Plan!!! And portion control. Think ahead as to what leftovers could be used for, or if can be frozen, and do it promptly

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? we run a chest freezer so can bulk buy, bulk make and only take out of the freezer what we need. Bulk buy = discounted food, bulk making = less time and fuel to make several meals at once

* 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!!!!!! (please tell me no one has said "no" to this one?!)

BoerWarKids Wed 24-Oct-12 11:11:47

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? I throw away as little as possible. When I do, it's down to poor planning. I use my next door neighbour's compost bin.

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? When my meal planning fails!

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 meal plan. Eat leftover dinner for lunch the following day.

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 plan food purchases and meal plan - it's what really works for me.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Meal plan smile Eat leftovers. Take inventory of fridge and cupboards before grocery shopping. I plan meals from the ingredients I have at home.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Meal plan <broken record> I tend to buy food as I need it, rather than weekly shops.

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 compost.

JackThePumpkinKing Wed 24-Oct-12 11:16:45

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go?
Yes, we throw away too much food. We have a food bin that is collected weekly

Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Yes to kitchen caddy. No room for a compost bin.

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
More and more I'm finding that esp fruit and veg is not fit for use even a day or two after purchase. Moldy tomatoes, green potatoes, mince that's off well before it's use-by date. I can only assume that this is down to in-store storage.

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?
n/a

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 - it would be great if we had room for composting. Per

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
It would be helpful if bags of fruit/veg in the supermarket were smaller. Our local one only sells some things in multiples, when I only need 1 or 2. If I could buy loose produce I would waste less (the farm shop near us has recently closed down, or I'd buy from there)

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

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.

PostBellumBugsy Wed 24-Oct-12 11:28:00

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, because I'm tight & I can't bear food / money going to waste Quite a bit of our waste food (peelings) gets eaten by the rabbit & guinea pigs. No, I don't have a food caddy, but yes, I do have a compost bin.

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Very occasionally something will go bad, or it is the leftovers on plates

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Tiny bit of both

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Simple, we eat the food I buy!

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

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

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Eat 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?
Yes. Surely all vegetable matter can be composted!

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 24-Oct-12 11:40:55

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go?
Not as much as we used to when the DC were small, and I now have a monthly meal planner and that has helped me buy less, so less goes off. Food waste goes into a kitchen caddy, we have food recycling weekly through the council (Richmond)

Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Yes to the first

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Into our recycling goes peelings, egg shells, left overs (not much) just last night put in a chicken carcass as they can do bones as well.Occasionally I find something manky at the back of the fridge.

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?
We stick to a meal planner which equals more focussed shopping! Online is better, but avoiding BOGOFS and special offers which push you to buy more. Weekly shopping now, more frequently but less of it. Used to buy in bulk and throw away in bulk.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
If we had a bigger garden I would compost it. Using up leftovers to make other stuf but I am a shite cook so this is doomed really

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Definitely the meal planner, we buy less too.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
The meal planner again, avoid BOGOFs and special offers because you buy too much. Shop weekly.

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 my mum used to put them around certain plants in the garden as apparently some liked tea hmm She was a very successful gardener so I'm sure they did really!!

Blu Wed 24-Oct-12 11:59:37

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? We hardly ever throw food away. We buy very little pre-prepared food which has sell-by dates, and mostly use frsh veg, meat etc, not ready meals. We meal plan roughly and buy the right amount for the week, and anything that doesn't get used gets frozen before it's use by date, or made into soup, or eaten as leftvers instead of a new meal. We do have a compost bin, but it is now stuffed to overflowing, there is a limit to how much compost a small inner-city garden can absorb.
Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? No. (Lambeth)
What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? If we go out unexpectedly so a leftover meal doesn't get eaten and I feel it is probably getting a bit dodgy. We are not too bound by tradition - DP will eat leftover meals for breakfast, we don't make a fuss about 'but we had that yesterday, can't eat the same thing twice' - all factors which cause my parents, for example, to be more wasteful than u.
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? As above: planning (though we are not 'down to the last detail on this), keeping an eye on use by dates and being quick to freeze anything we won't eat - like a pizza, or a packet of mince or chicken, eating leftovers, not being fussy, taking leftovers to work for packed lunch, just basically seeing food as an expensive, valuable resource and treating it with care and respect!
How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? By the time it goes n our bin it has had the most made of it!
Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? Mentally I translate what i am chucking away into cash value.
Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? Make good use pof the freezer - but that is a bit obvious!
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.

maloofysmum Wed 24-Oct-12 12:00:59

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? We throw some food waste away, but find that we throw away much less since having the kitchen food caddy bin.

Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? Yes, we have a curbside collection, once a week which is great.

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? We throw skins, shells, peelings etc and sometimes if something doesn't smell right I'll dispose of it.

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

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? Only buying what we need, not buying the 2for1 or buy one get one free offers because you very rarely use all the produce. Putting less on the plates.

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 cooking as much, freezing half of what I make, eg a chilli, or spag bol.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? less food on plates, only buying what you need.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food? buy less meat make the vegetables stretch further.

Did you know that tea bags can be put into your local council food waste collection (if you have one) or composted at home? yep, I always put teabags in my caddy bin.

SpitSpot Wed 24-Oct-12 12:11:01

Do you throw away much food at home?
No we try to be strict about using up food within use by dates and cooking/serving what we will actually eat
Where does the food waste go?
Guinea Pigs eat the veg and fruit peelings, any non meat waste on the compost heap and anything else goes in the bin
Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Compost bin
We have
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Leftover food on plates, veg peelings
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
About the same of both
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Only cook and serve what we need and will actually eat. * 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?
Dont serve huge portions on plates so that we can either have seconds or save the leftovers to be reheated for another meal - if it has been on the plates and left it cant be reused

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Only buy what we need and know we will eat - meal planning helps. Always freeze meat unless it is going to be used that 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?
yes

northender Wed 24-Oct-12 12:29:55

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Yes we have a kitchen caddy to put fruit veg waste in before it's put in the compost bin. We throw away very little as I try to put all leftovers towards something else.
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
In some areas, but not ours
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Food left on plates and veg that perishes before being used (not much though)
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
About the same I think
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Reusing leftovers, thrifty cooking
* 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?
Meal planning
* 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?
Yes, they go into our compost bin

I think people need to be far more careful about what and how much they buy and more aware of the implications of large amounts of wasted food

instantfamily Wed 24-Oct-12 12:50:21

My DB apparently created a "Best Before Date App". Looks like he should advertise on Mumsnet.

turnipvontrapp Wed 24-Oct-12 12:50:55

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Yes, usually what my DSes leave on their plate. Goes in the council food waste bin or compost.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Yes
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Portion size too large or fruit thats gone off.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mixture
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Re-use 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?
make fruit crumble with fruit thats gone off?

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
shop more often and buy less.
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
smaller 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

HappySunflower Wed 24-Oct-12 13:05:33

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
All food waste is fed to my chickens or goes in the compost bucket

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Child has thrown food on floor (mainly) or uneaten meals (not so much!)

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?
Making sure I cook what is likely to be eaten
Freeze leftovers that can be reheated safely
Give food waste to chickens

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

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
If things are going to go bad before you can use them, bung them in the freezer
Get chickens- they eat virtually anything, and then produce lovely eggs!
Make vegetable stock for the freezer with any veggies on the turn

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
See above-
Get chickens- they eat virtually anything, and then produce lovely eggs!
Make vegetable stock for the freezer with any veggies on the turn

* 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 our teabags go in our compost buckets

Tobermory Wed 24-Oct-12 13:41:51

* 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 much less now than we used to which is mainly due to financial belt tightening. Spending less at the supermarket is one way that were trying to spend less atm which results in trying to rein in my 'chuck it in the trolley' habit!We do much more in the way of meal planning too, though not as impressively as some of the MNers I see, so less waste.

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Sometimes fruit if it hasnt been eaten and has gone off. Also foods that are leftover uneaten from someones plate.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Half and half I think

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Keeping an eye on portion sizes and menu planning.

* 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 try to save uneaten fruit from the bin and use in baking or in puddings.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
meal planning
* 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?
Yes. We need to get a tea bag caddy thingy but only DH drinks tea so it slips my mind.

Mibby Wed 24-Oct-12 13:54:20

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

We try not to throw much away. Food waste goes in the 'normal' bin, no caddy/ compost

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

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

Uneaten food on plate/ floor (DD is 2)

* 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?*

Freeze bread / fruit bread/ cake and only get out whats needed. Same with meat 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?*

Get DD to finish her dinner!

* 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?*

Bigger/ second freezer. Remember to label stuff

* 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

Mibby Wed 24-Oct-12 13:54:52

Aaargh bold fail! sad

* 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 on a day-to-day basis. I don't overcook, so leftovers are few and far between. Generally any extra can be used up for my or DH's lunch the next day. Sometimes my DS will not finish his dinner on account of stuffing biscuits down his throat - if suitable, it will be given to the dog as a treat. If not suitable (curry), it will be scraped from the plate into a container (an about-to-be-discarded plastic tub that e.g. mushrooms were bought in) in the freezer until bin-day (I hate rotting food making the bin stink). That's why I'm so sure about how much we discard. This container will also take chicken carcasses etc., as they would choke the dog and when I used them to make stock, I never used the stock. I cook potatoes whole so no peelings - other vegetable waste like carrot peelings or broccoli stalks are wrapped in newspaper an placed in the outside bin. We used to have a compost heap, currently abandoned as the garden is undergoing some changes - I hope to have one up and running again by next year. I will occasionally realise that I forgot about some veg in the fridge and it is beyond soup redemption - it will go straight into the bin on bin-day. This maybe happens monthly.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Warwick District Council? Yes, but not to all households, only to those who are on wheelie-bins. In the town centre where few homes have the space for these, they collect rubbish in bags, and these homes do not have food waste collection. We don't sad.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
DS (14) not finishing his dinner, not using up vegetables after all because a planned meal didn't happen. Sometimes fruit bought to encourage better eating habits in DS doesn't get eaten; I don't always regard it as thrown away because I put it out on the birdtables.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Probably about half and half.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I don't buy it in the first place! I do not do a monthly shop - never have. I stock up on staples (rice, pasta, tinned stuff) when they're cheap, and top up with fresh food on a near-daily basis. So I can alter what we eat at short notice to accommodate weather, mood, sudden preference etc. I will also use my freezer for e.g. bread - put half the loaf in the bread-bin, and leave half in the freezer until the first half is finished.

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Veg can be made into soup for lunch. In the past I tried to make my own stock from chicken bones, but I'd forget and it would stay in the freezer for ages and I'd forget about it. Meat, if I change my plans for tonight's dinner, will go into the freezer. When I cook bacon or burgers I mop up the excess fat with breadcrumbs from the breadboard and put it out on the bird-tables. I can also be incredibly lax over use-by dates on yoghurts/cream. I trust my sense of smell/taste to tell me if it's still OK to eat.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Don't buy anything fresh that you don't plan to eat in the next few days (the monthly shop is not your friend). Get a freezer.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Batch-cook and freeze. Buy a copy of Economy Gastronomy by by Allegra McEvedy and Paul Merrett. Even if you don't like the menus in the book, it gets you thinking about how you plan your meals and how to do it better - to stop regarding each meal as a separate entity, but to see it as part of of a bigger arrangement.

* 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 used to compost them. Plus I have switched to leaf tea; reuse the leaves for three mashes, then dry and bin.

I really do think that a lot of the problem stems from the supermarkets and their marketing. They just want to sell, sell, sell, and they are very good at selling us more than we need to buy. Instead of BOGOFs, why not just half-price? Even the home-delivery; to justify the delivery charge to yourself, you need to do a 'big shop'. This will inevitably lead to waste, e.g. you buy a load of salad and the weather turns and all you want is mash. Doing small regular shops can reduce this problem, but lots of people don't have the facility - supermarkets are increasingly on the edge of town; so you drive there and it feels like a waste of petrol/time for just a couple of items etc. A lot of people don't have adequate shopping that they can walk to, which would encourage a less wasteful provisioning. Why overbuy when you can pop out and restock that one ingredient in ten-twenty minutes locally? Or send the kids for it (as I was sent in my childhood)?

mrsbunnyw Wed 24-Oct-12 17:30:08

Most of our food waste is fruit and veg peelings and tea bags. They all go in the household waste bin with cornstarch liners. Occasionally there is other waste due to children refusing to eat what is put in front of them, or something languishing at the back of the fridge and being forgotten about although that is pretty rare. I do quite often find though that fruit goes bad very quickly - when still in date, and try to keep everything in the fridge to try and prevent this. I suppose that would be my tip to reduce food waste.

I have to say I was brought up to rely on my senses more than the dates stated on products, which I think are often over-cautious, so we often eat food that is slightly past its date if it looks/ smells etc ok, although DH is more reluctant to do this than I am. We've not had any food poisoning ever though I'm aware this is contrary to food safety advice.

BettyandDon Wed 24-Oct-12 17:35:32

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
- In the kitchen bin - our kitchen is extremely small and we can not recycle at all as we have nowhere to store any other bins.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
- I have no idea.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
- It goes off before we have the chance to eat it. Sometimes if I have ordered online, the food goes off before when I would normally have bought it, otherwise I try to be careful.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
- Uncooked mainly, but as I have a toddler she does leave a lot of food uneaten.

* 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 wouldn't do anything with it. I think uncooked food and food waste is a bit gross to be honest.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
- Just meal plan and stick to it.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
- Don't buy more than you need. Freeze as much as you can or buy cans of things if that is an option. I would also say that I dearly would love a garbage grinder / waste disposal unit in the kitchen. Kitchen waste stinks I hate 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 had no idea about this, I can't believe someone is worrying about tea bag waste to be honest.

slambang Wed 24-Oct-12 17:59:50

I think we could claim to waste virtually no food at all [halo emoticom]. The main ways we do this are:
- - planning a weekly menu before the main supermarket shop and only buying what we need for the menu. This has saved us loads on impulse buys of treats or 'bargains' that used to sit in the fridge until they went off
- making quantities of meals that match one night's needs. We always used to make a bigger pot (so we can use it up tomorrow). Then we'd eat more than we really needed on the first night with second helpings etc. That would never leave quite enough for a full meal the next day and so we'd cook up another meal and the leftovers would sit in the fridge until they got thrown away.
- Having an interesting repertoire of leftovers. One roast chicken will last us 3 nights plus a bowl of chicken soup. First night roast, next curry, risotto, fajitas, chicken and veg pie, etc etc etc (e.g. tonight's menu Turkish chicken and chickpea casserole)
- Feeding any scraggy bits of leftovers to dog and/or cat e.g. chicken skin, giblets . They love it.
- Composting. Love it - there is nothing more satisfying than putting the carrot peelings, tea bags, coffee grounds etc out in the compost heap and next year digging beautiful rich compost into the rose bed and veg patch. Satisfying cyle of lifey -feeling.
- Having a realistic understanding of sell-by dates. If an item is a day or two over its sell by date it doesn't necessarily mean that it has gone off. It means it may have gone off. Use your nose to check. For most items if it smells good and looks OK it is ok. Of course we'd be very careful with short life items such as fish and wouldn't risk it, but most sell-by dates (on fruit, veg, cheese, yoghurt etc) are a helpful reminder to use the item soon. Not the law!
-mainly cooking from scratch. If you have half a shop bought macoroni cheese left over it's only ever going to be macaroni cheese. but if you have half a pack of pasta and a lump of cheese in the fridge they're going to be a lot more useful for other things.
- Finally, being on an extremely tight budget helps hmm

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Wed 24-Oct-12 18:05:23

DameMargotFountain - I'm not really sure what you're suggesting. Of course we should be trying to reduce food waste by buying more carefully, but there will always be some - no matter how careful you are. Are you suggesting bagging up your chicken bones and cheese rinds and sending them to the poor? confused

I imagine what the council are celebrating is the reduction in landfill - which is exactly where most bones and skanky bits of food go. Surely this is a Good Thing?

Anyway:

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
A caddy full, sometimes two. In my defence a lot of that will be bones etc. Peelings, tea bags, eggshells etc go in the compost bin at the bottom of the garden

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
cooking too much rice, not getting through bread fast enough

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
cooked – veg trimmings etc go in the compost bin in the garden

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
menu planning, fascistic control over the fridge and cupboards wink

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

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
buy less? [helpful]

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

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

DameMargotFountain Wed 24-Oct-12 18:11:39

Jenai of course not, where have i said that? confused

my point is that since our town is now using a food bank, there is obvious need yet the council are celebrating how much waste food is being collected.

i would like to have seen at least some initative about how to reduce waste and consequently food bills for local families.

MegBusset Wed 24-Oct-12 18:17:25

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Not a huge amount I'd hope. Our food waste goes in the normal refuse - council doesn't do food recycling, we have a compost bin but since it got invaded by rats last summer I'm loathe to put food in.

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Leftovers that can't be reused or food that's gone off/out of date.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Uncooked. Not much gets left over that's cooked!

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Meal planning and only buying exactly what we need every week. Getting food with long dates so it doesn't go off quickly. Freezing wherever possible (we have two freezers so that helps).

* 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 do make soups with veg from the bottom of the fridge.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Meal planning is the key I think. And being aware of what a reasonable portion is so you don't cook too much at once.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
See above - meal planning helps you spend less!

* 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, but see above re: council not collecting food waste, and rat-based compost bin problems!

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Wed 24-Oct-12 18:32:03

It was the bit where you said you would never, ever, ever (I might be over-egging that slightly) use the caddy, Dame

Unless you're vegetarian or live on ready meals and never roast a chicken, there will be bones and gristly bits that should go in the caddy - not many people have composting systems at home that can deal with those.

I'd hazard a guess and say that the people needing food banks aren't the ones wasting lots of food though. I thoroughly agree with you though re helping families to reduce waste for their benefit as well as the council's/the environment.

Quick point though to the researchers: whilst I like the caddy/waste collection a lot, for a while it did mean I was throwing out more to be dealt with by the council because I was being too lazy to carry peelings and so on to the compost bin at the bottom of the garden.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Wed 24-Oct-12 18:32:51

Crap, so many thoughs. My posts have been dire this afternoon blush

DameMargotFountain Wed 24-Oct-12 18:33:38

i am veggie wink

and used to using a compost heap. i hardly ever peel veg and use all manner of things like egg shells etc in the garden

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Wed 24-Oct-12 18:36:40

Ruddy goodlifers wink grin

DameMargotFountain Wed 24-Oct-12 18:38:23

wink

issimma Wed 24-Oct-12 19:52:36

*Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
Yes, too much blush. It just goes in the bin.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
They have just stopped it, but will be collecting plastics instead which I find more useful.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Toddler leftovers, gone off food from the fridge.

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

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
N/A. I need to do this!

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Ideas for how to use up leftovers would be welcome.

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
I waste less when I meal plan. It really works!

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Again, meal planning. Not falling for BOGOF offers.

* 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. Coffee too.

Alicadabra Wed 24-Oct-12 20:10:44

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?
Yes, we have both caddy and compost bin in the kitchen. The veg peelings, egg shells etc ends up in our big compost bin at our allotment. Other food waste goes into the council-collected food waste collection. Any unwanted meat goes to the cats! I was slightly surprised by how easily I adapted to the food waste collection as our non-recycling only gets collected fortnightly now - but because there's no food in the bin, it doesn't smell so I don't mind at all!

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
The most bulky things I throw away (into the food waste bin) are meat bones, eg chicken carcasses, although I'll almost always make stock from them first. Other than that, the main source of wasted food are my two kids, who'll ask for something then change their minds or eat a ton of pasta one week then half the amount the next. I try not to let food go off/out of date but sometimes it happens.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Probably half and half - although the uncooked half is mostly veg peelings which goes in the compost so I don't count that as 'thrown away' - it's feeding my allotment instead!

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I save leftovers whenever possible for lunches or to turn into something else. I compost anything possible. If I notice something about to go out of date and it's freezable, it goes in the freezer. Old fruit gets turned into smoothies, old veg gets turned into soup/added to a stew. I always look at use-by dates when I buy food and try to get the longest life possible. I try to check the dates of things in the fridge weekly (usually the day before the food waste collection in case I have missed anything).

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 don't think I'm too bad at this - I'm sure I could learn more from this thread! In particular, I think my menu planning could be improved.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Menu planning helps. Having good recipes for using up leftovers is really good too. I often do stir fries, stews or risotto with leftovers. Not having children would doubtless help too as so much ends up left over/on the floor!

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Using up leftovers instead of cooking from scratch is cheaper (although it would probably be even better to cook the right amount in the first place). Stews and soups can be amazingly cheap to make, especially if you make your own stock (my freezer is full of handy-sized bags of home-made stock). Buy things like mince in bulk when it's on special offer, cook into bologanise then freeze into portion-sized bags.

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've been composting my tea bags for years.

Astr0naut Wed 24-Oct-12 20:16:29

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
I think we do, dh doesn't. Food waste goes into food bin or composter

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
If either of the dcs doesn't finish their tea. They're 1 and 3, so tes time can be varied. We also throw stuff out if Dh deems it past its best - he's abit too fond of sell by dates. I wait until it's falling apart and will cut mould off bread.

* 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?
we make a food plan and list each week.

* 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 only throw inedieble food out. I wouldn't fancy re-eating toddler scraps.

* 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?
yes. Apparently they don;t live on the side of the sink either.

HairyPoppins Wed 24-Oct-12 20:17:36

* 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 not to throw any food away. Peelings, coffee grounds and tea bags go in the composter, cooked food goes in the main waste bin. Toast/seeds/nuts/fat/porridge/bread goes out for the birds, our cats get unwanted cooked meat and fish, as well as some of the scraggy raw bits.

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
Not yet, but I think it is on the list.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
I have a toddler so it's unpredictable how much she'll eat in one sitting,and I try to be disciplined about not eating her leftovers.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Mainly cooked, like the end bits of noodles and cooked veg.

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Meal plan, measuring before I cook rice/pasta, check how hungry we all are before I start cooking. I also try to use leftovers in lunches the next day, or chuck them in the freezer.

* 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 having eyes bigger than my belly, being more disciplined about meal planning e.g. being better at eating things even when I no longer really fancy that for dinner any more and calling for a pizza instead. Treating it in the same way as a diet, it is good for me in the long run!

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Ignore the 'freeze on day of purchase' advice, as long as you are confident that your fridge isn't faulty, if you would have eaten it that day, you can chuck it in the freezer that day.

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Write the date you opened the package of cheese, milk, bread, ham or whatever on the packaging with a sharpie. That way you know when it's due to go off and you're more likely to use it up in time.

* 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. Our local council is really good at 'what to do with your waste' type leaflets and on their website too.

babsmam Wed 24-Oct-12 20:49:16

* Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
#probably throw away more than i should. compost bin at the allotment but garden not big enough. no to a caddy

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

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
not sticking to meal plans

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Cooked food waste from the kids dinners.

* 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?
soup out of left over veggies. freeze left over cooked food that can be for lazy meals. freeze glut of foods

* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
meal plan is the tried and trusted and keeping an eye on whats coming to fruition at the allotment

* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
work out the price of food you throw away and put it as cash in front of you

* 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

gaelicsheep Wed 24-Oct-12 21:46:46

"Write the date you opened the package of cheese, milk, bread, ham or whatever on the packaging with a sharpie. That way you know when it's due to go off and you're more likely to use it up in time."

There's a much easier answer to that which is use your eyes and nose. Nothing is ever "due" to go off. It's either off or it isn't. Either way your senses (and common sense) will tell you that. smile

lorisparkle Wed 24-Oct-12 21:46:48

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

I try to throw away as little as possible but it is difficult with three boys who sometimes eat loads and sometimes very little. I try and give them a small portion then they can have more or I freeze the rest. (see below...)

* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
OUr council supply a very small green bin and a small green bin for all food waste. We have the very small green bin in the kitchen and all food waste goes in it in special bags. This then goes into the small green bin which they empty weekly. It really makes you see how much you waste.

* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Food that can not be eaten - skin, peelings, cores, bones, food that has gone off, food that has been on the plate.

* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
A bit of both

* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
Only buy what we need - e.g. not getting a huge bag of potatoes that then start growing in the bag and going soggy.
Deciding what to cook by looking in the fridge. -e.g we have a bit of pesto left so lets have pasta with pesto and tuna
Serving up small portions
Saving left overs for next day - mashing cooked veg into sauces, making currys
Freezing small amounts that are left then defrosting a few of them to make a full meal

* How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Can't think of anything else

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

* 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 always done this

gaelicsheep Wed 24-Oct-12 21:48:44

Although I do see what you meant HairyPoppins. In our house we never have any problem using up the food before it goes off (DH is always complaining about our perpetually near empty fridge).

GetKnitted Wed 24-Oct-12 21:55:25

Most of our food waste is from serving the kids more than they need on a given day and not forcing them to clean their plates. I suppose that over time, as they are given greater control over their portion size that this will decrease. We haven't any options on composting kitchen waste anyway as our garden is too small to need our own compost and we are not allowed to use the the council compost bin for any kitchen waste.

Mintyy Wed 24-Oct-12 22:03:59

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
We throw away 1-2 small kitchen caddy liners-full per week. We put all raw fruit and veg waste on our garden compost heap, together with squeezed teabags. Vegetables that are past their best but still edible go to our two pet guineapigs. Slightly past it cooked meats go to the cat.

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? leftovers from the children (we do not expect them to clear their plates), meat bones, bread - we seem to throw away quite a lot of bread. Things that have gone past their use by dates - I observe those pretty strictly.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food? about 50/50.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum? - I don't think we throw away all that much food. Meal planning and frequent checking of the back of the fridge makes the most difference.

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 don't throw food away if it could be eaten. I guess I could be organised and get the food processor out to make breadcrumbs more often.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food? If your children consistently leave a lot of food try giving them smaller portions (dh pls note re. breakfast cereal). Get into making home-made soup.

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

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 thank you (see first answer above).

TheTempest Thu 25-Oct-12 12:09:52

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 not to throw much food away (more for the expense than for recyling means it has to be said!). Any food we do throw away just goes into the main rubbish. We do have a compost bin but we have just moved into a new house and haven't quite got into the habit yet.

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

I don't know.

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

It's mostly if things come up during the week which means we don't stick to our meal plan, and I can't freeze it for whatever reason.

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

I tend to only cook enough for whoever is eating with enough for lunches the next day so mostly uncooked.

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

Meal planning mostly! And available freezer space.

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

Freezing anything that can be, and cooking and freezing stuff if necessary, Makes it handy for CBA day's as well.

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

Only buy what you need, meal plan as much as you can and have a bottomless pit of a partner!

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

I'm starting to sound like a stuck record but I meal plan using recipes so I only buy what I need.

* 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 didn't know that but will bear it in mind for when I start composting properly!

ShouldIWorryAbout Thu 25-Oct-12 12:24:16

* 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 a lot of food, but what we do throw away either goes into our own compost heap, or a council supplied food caddy. The food caddy is primarily used to dispose of wet cat food that the cats haven't eaten (fussy beasts)
* Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?*
Yes, food waste is collected every week
* What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?*
Uneaten pet food
* Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?*
Mainly cooked, uncooke foed goes into our composter
* If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?*
We meal plan every week, and only purchase exactly what we need, food with shorter shelf life is only bought just before its needed. Left overs are always used for lunch or to make soup at the end of the week.
* 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 occasionally give our left over cat food to the neighbours dogs, with the owners permission, but there isn't much we could do, except find less fussy cats
* Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?*
Stews and soups are great to use up left overs, and can themselves be frozen and stored for later use
* Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?*
Plan your weekly shop and only purchase what you need, don't be tempted by special offers that you won't use
* 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 they seem to keep the slugs off our veg

ScienceRocks Thu 25-Oct-12 13:08:00

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

Not really very much at all. Food waste goes in a kitchen caddy. No compost bin.

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

Yes.

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

Vegetable peelings, meat and fish bones, egg shells, occasionally the children's leftovers.

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

Mainly uncooked as it is mostly fruit and veg waste.

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

Don't buy more than we need. Rotate food in the fridge and cupboards so things don't go out of date or off. Use the freezer. Cook as much as is needed for one meal, unless i am planning to use the leftovers for something else, eg. roast chicken then risotto.

* 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 make lots of soups, and then freeze them so I can have them for lunch (I work at home), particularly if I spot veg going off. Decomposing fruit is stewed, or used in cakes or smoothies. I eat leftovers for lunch quite often too.

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

Use the freezer. I buy big packs of meat, but portion it into bags and freeze it so I can then take out enought for one meal.

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

Don't overbuy. Meal planning really helps with this.

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

Odd question. Yes.

RottenLuck Thu 25-Oct-12 13:17:36

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

All raw peelings etc and tea bags go on the compost heap

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Children's leftovers and I don't plan meals and sometimes guilty of buying too much.

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?

Try to feed kids leftovers to my DH as he is always starving when he walks in. Stick to a shopping list in the supermarket (am not good at this)

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 and freeze it

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
Meal plan, get everything out the back of the fridge, buy less

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Stick to the shopping list, don't get sucked into offers, 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

shezer Thu 25-Oct-12 13:22:13

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 much away - I have a compost heap and the council food waste bin for the offcuts of meat and bones and and the like

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

Yes Monmouthshire is very good for recycling etc (mind you for the amount of c tax we pay they should be!)

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

A 5 year old - I'm trying to encourage a wider range of foods - it doesn't always work.

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

Mostly cooked leftovers from the plate

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

Careful shopping and meal planning, using the freezer wisely.

* 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 re-use leftovers.

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

Allow people to serve themselves from dishes in the middle of the table rather than plating up - then they have as much as they want and you can use leftovers the following day (e.g. bubble and squeak or soup) or freeze them if the portion is big enough.

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

freeze even small portions - then every now and then have a freezer feast - get out lots of little bits and tuck into a strange but delicious mixture

* 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 - but I'd rather they went on my compost heap.

ZombieB64 Thu 25-Oct-12 13:26:34

This is also a topic of strife in our household. I HATE food waste, but my 2 teenage DS's still tend too pour themselve too much cereal and throw some away, or, my biggest bug-bear- throw away lunchbox stuff they haven't eaten. I am now much more aware of portion sizes, and cook just enough for us to eat and try not to have leftovers, occasionally I will underestimate, in which case, I am the one with th smaller dinner!blush.
Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin?
I try to waste very little, it is the DC that are the wasteful ones! Yes, we have a compost bin for veg waste, I dont put meat waste in it though.
Does your local council offer a food waste collection service?
No, but, to be fair, it is one of the few waste services they dont supply.
What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
Kids leaving packed luches, then forgetting it is in the lunchbox until it has gone mankey. Also forgetting I have something at the back of the fridge, usually again the DC fault, as they will never look for an already opened pack if a new, unopened one is easier to spot!
Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
un-cooked, any left over portions of cooked food get either frozen or eaten by DH as lunch next day
If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
The DC's do waste food, but, with me, extra food is frozen or kept for lunch the next day. If there isnt enough for a full meal, then it gets given to the dogs rather than throw it, our dogs have a very varied diet!!.
How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Already answered that above, frozen portions and pets!
Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
I am now doing more frequent , smaller shops with specific meals in mind. Also, I moved our waste bin into the back kitchen, it is an extra few steps to go out there, and especially for the DC, the effort often proves too much, so they will either eat, give to the dogs or refridgerate their leftovers as this is the less energy wasting option for them!
Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Do Not, under any circumstances, take teenage boys food shopping with you!
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 compost them otr add them to my outside planters

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. We do have a kitchen caddy but it is mainly used for teabags

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

What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away?
If something was forgotten in the back of the fridge. Happens rarely.

Of food you throw away, is it mainly cooked or uncooked food?
Uncooked, all cooked leftovers a frozen or given to the dogs.

If you don't throw away much food, how do you manage to keep waste to a minimum?
I meal plan, so only buy what I need.

How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin?
Once a week I make a pot of soup so that any veg that is past it's best can be used up.

Have you got any great ideas for wasting less food?
If you have cooked a large amount of food, serve smaller portions with the option of a second helping. I find this way there is usually enough to freeze for another meal.

Have you got any top money-saving tips that also help you to throw away less food?
Meal plan, meal plan, meal plan. Plus use any odds and ends in the fridge for soup.

Do you throw away much food at home? Where does the food waste go? Do you have a kitchen caddy and compost bin? Not much food waste - council now collects it for composting
Does your local council offer a food waste collection service? yes
What are the main reasons or circumstances that you throw food away? veg peelings, egg shells. tea bags, uneaten food. We've got much better at not having stuff go 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? by meal planning, judging cooking amounts by the number of people eating at home that day
How do you or how do you think you could make the most of the food that would otherwise be put in the bin? making more soup
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? only buying the exact amounts I need - if I know my meal plan for the week needs two pepper, I only now buy two pepper, even if three are cheaper, as it's likely that the third one won't be used
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, but our council has been quite proactive with information about it's new recycling/composting service

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.

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.

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.

* 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

* 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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