13 Feb 2017 12:51

The impact of food waste in our area

re3 is teaming up with Love Food Hate Waste to run a series of free training sessions to help residents in Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham get more out of their food, save on their grocery bills and help keep food waste out of landfill.

A typical household in the re3 area throws away 2.7kg of food a week. 1.2kg (43%) of this was food that was binned before even being prepared and/or taken out of its packaging. 

Across the re3 area, households throw away an estimated 22,836 tonnes of food waste per year. To put that in perspective, a tonne is around the weight of a small car.

By throwing away what we haven’t used, we are all paying twice – when we buy our food and when our council tax pays for the disposal of food that has not been consumed.

Based on the research, re3 has estimated that over £1m of savings could be made if that weekly 1.2kg of food waste per household – equivalent to an apple a day – were not binned. At a time of severe financial pressure, that is money that could be put to good use elsewhere in council budgets.

How we can all help

With Love Food Hate Waste, re3 is running a series of free training sessions in the Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham council areas on how to get the most out of the food we buy.

The sessions will provide easy, practical tips and advice on how freeze food, use leftovers, plan meals and control portion size. Attendees will be asked to share what they have learnt with their family and friends and within their own communities. That could be through something as simple as sharing food waste tips with other parents at the school gates or posting a leftover recipe on a Facebook page, through to giving talks at community events.

Information on dates, locations and booking details for the Love Food Hate Waste sessions will be available shortly.  If your community group is interested in hosting a session, please contact re3 on 0118 937 3460,, or via Facebook or Twitter @re3recycling

Stay in touch

Search ‘re3 recycling’ on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to keep up to date with help and advice on how to waste less and recycle more and better. 

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