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Facts You Didn’t Know About Food Recycling and How You Can Make a Difference


Facts You Didn't Know About Food Recycling and How You Can Make a Difference

When it comes to recycling and waste, food isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. Many people may not realise the impact this can have on the environment. We’ve compiled a list of things you didn’t know about food waste and put together some tips for what you can do to make a difference to your footprint.

A lot of food is wasted

Around 10.2 million tonnes of food is thrown away by UK households every year. That’s a lot of waste and most of it could have been eaten.

Food waste harms the environment

You might be thinking that since food is biodegradable it doesn’t have an impact on the environment – wrong! Most food waste ends up in landfill sites where it rots and releases methane gas – a damaging greenhouse gas.

We spend a lot on wasted food

The average UK family spends £470 on food which is binned. That’s a lot of cash. Just think what you could spend that on instead if you planned more effectively.

Supermarkets throw out a lot of edible food

In the UK alone supermarkets throw out 100,000 tonnes of food which could be eaten. That’s equivalent to 250 million meals being wasted. Thankfully supermarkets have signed a pledge to drive down food waste thanks to a call to action by the government.

What can I do to reduce food waste?

Now you can see the damage food waste causes we’ve compiled a list of tips and changes you can make today to reduce the amount of food you waste.

Get a food caddy

Having a food caddy in your kitchen can help you to separate waste before you take it outside. Once it’s full you can put this in a composter or recycle it responsibly.

Get a compost bin

A compost bin lets you turn waste from your kitchen into compost which can provide nourishment for your garden. This saves the waste being sent to landfill and protects the environment.

Don’t buy too much food

After every shop keep track of what you’ve bought versus what you’ve used and plan your next shop accordingly. If you’re buying too much food take steps to cut back.

Know the difference between use-by and best-before

If the food has a use-by date this indicates the date after which the food may be no longer safe to eat. However, best-before dates only indicate when the quality of the food is likely to diminish. This food is still safe to eat and much of the time you won’t even notice a difference in the quality. Many people treat use-by and best-before dates as interchangeable leading to some food being thrown away that could be eaten.  

Donate to a foodbank

Many foodbanks rely heavily on donated food with many relying on 90% of their food being donated. The Coronavirus Pandemic has lead to a substantial increase in the number of people relying on these services. Rather than throwing the food away if it’s still edible why not give it to someone who needs it more? You can see how to a foodbank near you here.

Use the freezer

A lot of food that will go bad quickly such as fresh meat can be frozen. Rather than leave it in the fridge to go off and end up in the bin, if you know you’re likely not to eat the food before it goes bad put it in the freezer so you can eat it when you’re ready. This can save on your fridge becoming smelly too!

Can I put food waste in a skip?

Hiring a skip wouldn’t be the most effective way of getting rid of food waste anyway but in case you were wondering here at Fast Skips we wouldn’t accept food waste being put in a skip. Hopefully, if you’ve followed the tips above you won’t need to worry about that when you get your skip from us. We’re always on hand for skip hire and all your other waste disposal requirement.