Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Now to Combat Waste of Food

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Now to Combat Waste of Food

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FOOD waste is high on everybody's agenda for two reasons - the credit crunch and the environment. Although here on Teesside we don't feel it as keenly, future security of food supply is becoming a problem, as global warming, sharp rises in population and water shortages elsewhere in the world combine.

The Government has ordered a 'radical rethink' of UK food policy to safeguard our supplies for the future.

One of the steps will be to combat the food waste mountains produced by us Brits. Calls have been made for a ban on supermarket BOGOFs in favour of half price offers, to discourage customer stockpiling of food. Best before dates on products, a mark of quality that is often mistaken by shoppers as a safety warning, can confuse consumers into throwing away good food and could be revised under the new plans.

With the credit squeeze in full swing it makes sense to do some smart shopping to reduce waste, make recycling at home easier and reduce food bills.

Tony Hitchens, from waste management experts Premier Waste, gives his top tips for a less wasteful shop:. Avoid as much packaging as you can. This means buying fruit and vegetables loose without using those little plastic bags. If you have a store near you that offers a refill service, even better - drop me an email at and let me know where it is.. Say no to plastic bags at the checkout. This takes a little bit of planning to remember to take a bag when you go shopping but once you get into the habit, it is hard one to break and you start to resent being asked if you want a bag.

. Up to a quarter of the rubbish we throw away is packaging. You need some packaging to protect certain products but by choosing wisely you can make sure it is easy to deal with the packaging afterwards. Cardboard, glass and metal are collected in a number of local authority kerbside collection schemes. …

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