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Reduce and reuse waste

Enter the bake off and show how you avoid wasting food

Apply to enter (pdf 1mb opens on new window)

What is the 'Bake Off' Competition?

The competition is to highlight how easy it is to save money and waste less by using up food that might otherwise get thrown away. 

It  is being held on Saturday 19th April 2014 at The Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School at Southburn, near Driffield and will be judged by Michelin Chef James MacKenzie of The Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton.

There are two age groups: 11-16 years and 17 and over.  If you have a fabulous recipe using leftovers or store cupboard ingredients, this is the competition for you. 

The document below will tell you full details of the competition and how to enter:

'Bake Off' competition entry form (pdf 1mb opens new window)

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How can I reduce my household waste?

Reduce your food waste

The average green bin in the East Riding contains about 30% food waste. Putting food waste in your brown bin means it can be sent for composting reducing the cost to the council, and helping the environment.

Each household has received a 7 litre kitchen caddy, along with corn starch bags. Any type of food waste (cooked and uncooked food, peelings, plate scrapings, bones, dairy and egg shells) from your household can go into one of these bags in your caddy. The bags are then tied up and put into your brown bin. This is part of a new scheme which now sees food waste and cardboard collected in your brown bin.

Stop junk mail

Please visit the Mail Preference Service (MPS) website to register to be removed from up to 95% of direct mailing lists.

Mail Preference Service (external website)

You can also visit the Stop Junk Mail website for further information, including how to obtain free 'no junk mail' stickers for your front door.

Stop Junk Mail (external website)

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How can I reuse my household waste?

Local repair shops may be able to refurbish or repair items so they can be reused.  Also, local charities may be interested in collecting unwanted household items.

The document below gives contact details of charities and businesses where you can buy reused items and places you can contact to have items repaired:


Repair and reuse register (pdf 115kb opens in new window)

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Why is reducing food waste important?

Food waste sent to landfill produces a damaging green house gas, methane.  There is also a waste of energy, water and packaging used in the production, transportation and storage of food.  

 

To find out if you really waste food, take this simple quiz:

Love Food Hate Waste quiz (external website)

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How much food waste is thrown away in East Riding of Yorkshire?

The average household in East Riding of Yorkshire throws away 2.5kg of food waste per week in the green bin, and sends 1.6kg per week to be composted in the brown bin.  

Between April 2012 and March 2013, residents threw away approximately 19300 tonnes of food waste in the green bin, and sent 12500 tonnes to be composted in the brown bin.

For more information visit the Target 45+ website.

Target 45+ (external website)

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Will I save money reducing food waste?

Yes. Wasting food costs the average household £480 per year. Preventing food waste can have financial benefits for you and your family.

For more advice and helpful tips on how to save time and money, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website or the Target 45+ website.

Love Food Hate Waste (external website)

Target 45+ (external website)

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What do the date labels on food items mean?

Best before date: This refers to the quality rather than food safety. Food is still safe to eat but may no longer be at its best

Use by date: This refers to safety. Food can be eaten up to the end of this date, but not after.

Display until and Sell by: These are for the shop only and refer to stock rotation.

For more information on food labelling, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.

Love Food Hate Waste (external website)

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How can I reduce food waste?

By planning meals, making a shopping list, storing food correctly, utilising freezers and fridges and knowing how to prepare the correct amount of food so that there are no leftovers.

To find out if you could save time and money, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website or the Target 45+ website.

Love Food Hate Waste (external website)

Target 45+ (external website)

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How can I save sauces/herbs/condiments?

Use ice cube trays to freeze leftover sauces such as tomato puree, creamed coconut and pesto. These can then be added to your cooking at a later date

For more information, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website or the Target 45+ website.

Love Food Hate Waste (external website)

Target 45+ (external website)

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How can I tell what is the correct portion size for my family?

Use portion sizes on the back of packs for guidance, or use a mug for measuring uncooked rice. A full mug (300ml) feeds four adults.

For more advice on portion sizing visit the Love Food Hate Waste website, which includes a handy portion planner. There is also more information on the Target 45+ website.

Love Food Hate Waste portions and planning (external website)

Target 45+ (external website)

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Where can I find recipe ideas for reducing food waste?

Visit the Recipes section of the Love Food Hate Waste website for lots of recipe ideas for different meals or occasions, and recipes for specific food types or ingredients. 

Love Food Hate Waste recipes (external website)

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How can I keep food fresh for longer to reduce wastage?

Keeping your fridge temperature below 5 o C, following storage instructions on packaging and sealing dry packaged food with clips or pegs are a few ideas.

For more information on the best way to store food in your fridge, freezer and cupboards, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website or the Target 45+ website.

Love Food Hate Waste food storage (external website)

Target 45+ (external website)

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Do you have any tips how I can save money by reducing food waste?

Yes, such as batch cooking, lunch box ideas and storage ideas. For more information visit the Target 45+ website.

Target 45+ (external website)

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Is there a food waste reduction phone app that can help me?

Yes. This free to download App will help anyone who wants to keep track of their budgets by food planning, shopping and making the most of leftovers while 'on the go'.

Download the iPhone version of the Love Food Hate Waste App

Download the Android version of the Love Food Hate Waste App


For more information on the app visit the Target 45+ website.

Target 45+ (external website)

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Where can I buy a water butt?

Local garden centres, shops and DIY stores sell water butts, as do 'Yorkshire Water'.  Water butts along with the Councils promotion of compost bins and other home waste systems, can also be bought through Straight Recycling Plc. Visit their website below or ring 0845 1306090 to place an order:

East Riding Get Composting (external East Riding website)

Please note that due to high demand, a maximum of two water butts can be ordered through Straight Recycling Plc. There is an offer of Buy one, get one half price available on all water butts.

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Where can I get more information about Real Nappies?

Real nappies are a re-usable, washable alternative to disposable nappies. Using real nappies can help reduce waste going to landfill. 

For more information visit the websites below.

Go Real - The Real Nappy Information Service (external website) 

The Nappy Lady (external website)

Twinkle Twinkle (external website)

 

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