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Gravesham council backs campaign aiming to reduce summer food waste

PUBLISHED: 13:28 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:28 17 July 2017

Food waste

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Apparently £12 million worth of food is thrown out each year when families go on holiday

Tips to help avoiding food waste:

· Check out our dates guide so you can plan meals around what food you’ve got in the fridge.

· Put anything that will go past its use by date while you’re away, into the freezer to eat when you get back.

· Slice any bread you have leftover, put in a sealed bag and freeze.

· You can even freeze milk.

· Freeze your leftovers so you can have instant homemade ready meals.

· If you have taken fresh foods on holiday with you transfer everything from your cool box into the fridge as soon as you arrive.

Gravesham council is partnering with environmental charity Hubbub in a campaign to reduce food waste, this summer.

The campaign suggests that nationally, over the first week of the summer holidays, £12 million worth of food will be thrown in the bin, as families head abroad.

Gravesham is one of 30 local authorities running the Travellers Check initiative to encourage people to check in their fridge as part of their travel preparations and cook, share or freeze food that would have otherwise been thrown away.

In a survey, 45 per cent of people said they threw food away because it couldn’t be frozen, but many weren’t actually aware which foods can be frozen – 58 per cent didn’t realise you can freeze milk, 62 per cent ham and 63 per cent hard cheese.

Councillor Alan Ridgers, cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: “We’d urge all Gravesham people to think about what they’re doing before they set off on their holidays this year and rather than waste the food there are lots more ways to save it from going in the bin and being wasted.”

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