Stop Food Waste are challenging Irish households to reduce their food waste by 1/4.
Taking up this challenge will start you on the road to less food waste and saving as much as €60 each month. There are different ways for each of us to reduce our food waste so it is best to start at Step 1 and work your way through them at your own pace.
2014, which is the European Year against Food Waste, saw the launch the Stop Food Waste Community Challenge. This challenge aimed to involve small groups of interested householders coming together, having fun, sharing stories and cutting down their food waste. To stop wasting food you first need to become aware of what and how much you throw out. Being aware of this is the first step to reducing the food, and money you waste. So when you’re shopping or eating, watch out for these foods especially and you will save twice. Food waste is a real problem and it is costing Irish householders €700 each year. Most of our wasted food ends up in landfills where it has significant local environmental impacts. But long before we even buy our food there are a whole load of other environmental costs associated with getting our food into our trolleys.
Editors note:- All of the above text and logo has been taken by me from Stop Food Waste web pages but linked back to source to create the article to highlight what Stop Food Waste have been doing over 2014 to encourage households to reduce their food waste production. County councils have also being working with Stop Food Waste in bringing families together to realise the value of their food waste costing an average household €700 a year on food waste, plus the cost of having this waste removed. Mayo, West Meath and Clare and Wexford county councils have all been active in this challenge. Brown Bin Rescue has supplied both Compostable bags and Aerated caddies to some councils, who use our products to demonstrate to households how to easily capture food waste in the kitchen, store it without odours in the Aerated caddy. The Aerated caddy uses the heat and air movement in the home to penetrate the breathable compostable bags which removes significant amount of moisture in the food waste.
The food waste with much lower moisture is far less likely to become odourous, even when deposited in the Brown bin outside and is lighter so lower charges for Brown bin lift charge. July 1st will see the introduction of Pay by Weight for all household refuse collections in Ireland, with legislation to be signed off in early January 2015. There will be no exceptions to this legislation so diverting food waste from the residual Black bin to the food waste Brown bin and getting that waste as light as possible will become an exercise every household will have to carry out if they are not to be faced with excessive waste collection bills.