Bestwood Village Fights Against Food Waste

Hundreds enjoy free meals during a Campaign against Food Waste in Bestwood Village. You might not think it matters if the odd bit of food goes bad in your cupboard but hundreds were shown how much they waste annually.


Chef David Hunter hands out free food at the Love Food Hate Waste roadshow in Bestwood Village

The Feed the 1,000 challenge, held at Bestwood Country Park, had campaigners cook enough food to feed 1,000 people on £700 - the amount the average family wastes on food each year.

The event was brought together by national organisation Love Food Hate Waste, alongside Nottinghamshire County Council and waste contractors Veolia.

A selection of free meals from pasta to biryani were on offer, as well as displays showing the physical amount of food that goes in the bin annually and creative leftover recipe ideas

It is the second year the event has run at the park and judging by the queues of people lining up to dig in, it seemed the message was resonating.

Notts County Council Waste Strategy Development Officer Rachel Peck was at the event offering advice throughout the day.

She said: Things like sell-by dates and use by-dates cause a lot of confusion. People might throw away bread as soon as it passes the date on the packet.

It is estimated that across the whole of the UK over £12 billion worth of food ends up in landfill.

Spokesman for Veolia Kevin Parker said the event was the first in a roadshow they had planned based off the success of last year.

He added: People are really shocked by the amount of food that gets chucked away. It’s things like when they cook too much pasta and rice, that then goes in the bin. We want to help reduce the amount that goes in landfill, to make things more sustainable for the future.

Laura Millward, 30, from Bestwood Village was visiting with her family and said it was an important cause to root for.

She said: We came last year and I think it’s a really great idea. It tends to happen when you bring stuff in from the supermarkets, you buy too much and then things go off.

Leonie Williams, 65, also from Bestwood Village, said she and her family do their best to make sure nothing is spared in their kitchen.

When we were younger we were shown how to use all our leftovers but it’s a different generation now. I don’t get scared by things like sell-by dates, I never take any notice of them,’ she added.

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