Following the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign – launched in April and culminating in last week’s Recycle Week celebrations – the results of the Food Diary Challenge have been collated.
As part of the challenge, families across Greater Manchester kept a food diary to help them tackle their food waste and get them thinking about the amount of food they buy and throw away.
The diary hopes to encourage participants to plan shopping trips and record how easy they found sticking to a set list or meal ideas. It also attempted to understand how easy participants found it to reduce any potential food waste by making meals using leftovers, or simply by serving up just the right amount for the family appetite.
After completing the challenge, results show that 80% of participants now intend to make every effort to minimise the amount of food they throw away and potentially save up to £50 per month simply by using the food they have already bought.
Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, said: “The challenge has been an excellent way to engage residents to think differently about food waste and take action to reduce it. Many of us go into autopilot when we go food shopping, especially when we are hungry. So I am really pleased that the challenge has gone some way in changing the behaviours of residents who took part.”
Bolton Council is supporting this year long campaign, which is being run by the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) in partnership with WRAP and Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Ltd (VLGM), as part of the newly signed PFI Contract.
The diary is available to download at the link above for anyone who wants to reduce their food waste.