Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Starters Orders in Green Stakes; A Contest Will Challenge Nine Families to Go from Food Wasters to Winners in Six Weeks. Environment Reporter AMY HUNT, One of the Competitors, Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Starters Orders in Green Stakes; A Contest Will Challenge Nine Families to Go from Food Wasters to Winners in Six Weeks. Environment Reporter AMY HUNT, One of the Competitors, Reports

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Byline: AMY HUNT

EVERYONE has to play their part - saving the planet isn't a one-person task.

But after centuries of humans running roughshod over the planet, it's time for a rethink.

In the spirit of getting everyone to play their part, three councils have launched Waste Not Want Not, a six-week challenge asking nine families to cut their food waste.

Nine households, three each from South Tyneside, Sunderland and Gateshead, including me and partner Fergus, will take part.

We will be composting, eating leftovers and learning to shop smart with the aim of being best at not putting food in the bin and saving some cash. Although it's a competition, the point is to show how to make sensible choices for the environment and highlight how we all have a responsibility to protect the world we live in.

It's this sense of responsibility that prompted David Graydon to sign up his family.

David, wife June, and children Aaron, 14, Luke, 12, Rachel, 10, and Ruth, seven, from Harlow Green, Gateshead, hope they will be composting their way to victory over the next six weeks.

David, a youth worker, said: "

"Anything we can do to help save the planet and money is good." As of Monday, the start of Recycle Week, we will begin the process of slashing food waste.

During Week One, we must behave as normal, except for collecting all our kitchen scraps in a bucket and weighing it at the end of the week.

This will become our benchmark, the figure we must cut to stand a chance of winning.

In Week Two, we get our wormery, a plastic contraption involving trays in which we should be able to recycle around a third of our waste food.

Worms munch through the scraps humans discard, turning it into compost which can then be used for potting plants.

Week Three is about learning to use the food we buy sensibly, keeping portion sizes right, watching out for when food is about to pass its use-by date and using the freezer to store food if it can't be finished off. …

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