arc21 Supports Food Waste Action Week

04 March 2021

arc21 Supports Food Waste Action Week
arc21 is supporting Food Waste Action Week – a campaign by environmental charity WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) aimed at raising awareness of and taking action to end food waste.
WRAP’s Food Waste Action Week raises awareness of the environmental consequences of food waste and ways to cut down on the amount of food waste we produce.
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has stated that whilst 1,000,000 tonnes of biodegradable waste has been diverted from landfill in Northern Ireland in the last five years, food waste continues to be placed in household waste bins. This will end up in landfill, producing carbon emissions as it breaks down.
We can all contribute to ending food waste by taking steps such as:
  • Making shopping lists and planning what food will be used when, and freezing extra portions of meals
  • Being mindful of “Use By” dates on fresh food products
  • Using up leftovers, for example, vegetable peelings can be used to make stock instead of being placed in the bin
  • Using your food waste caddy in the house and then placing the contents either in your brown bin or in a compost heap, as opposed to the black bin. 
Research shows that an average family of four could save around £60 per month by reducing their food waste. By being mindful of our own food waste, we can save money whilst contributing to the fight against the climate crisis, and enjoying ways to be more creative with ingredients.
For more information on WRAP’s Food Waste Action Week click here.