Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Waste watch

18 November 2010

Stop junk mail (large version)The second ever European Week for Waste Reduction is taking place between 20 – 28 November.

It’s also the perfect time of year to start watching your waste, so we’re encouraging you do whatever you can to reduce and recycle your rubbish this week and leading into the festive season.

Below are some simple tips that could save you money. They also help protect the environment by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, saving energy and reducing CO2.

  • Reuse your own shopping bags
  • Buy products made from recycled materials
  • Shop locally so that you can walk or cycle – saving you money and petrol
  • Buy refills of cleaning products and toiletries
  • Return junk mail and remove your name from junk mail lists – mpsonline (opens in a new window), the preference service (opens in a new window)
  • Donate furniture, computers and white goods and clothes to reuse projects
  • Compost your kitchen and garden waste
  • Avoid single-use disposable products e.g. nappies, tissues, facewipes, razors, plastic cups, kitchen towels and cameras
  • Choose goods with less packaging
  • Buy locally produced goods whenever possible
  • Instead of throwing your clothes away, organise a swap shop party with your friends, take them to a textiles recycling bank or give them to a charity shop
  • Drink tap water instead of buying bottled water

If you have a great tip, share it with us and the rest of Dorset to help increase the county’s already impressive recycling performance!

It’s a breeze to freeze

23 September 2010

Matt Boulter, Sammie Strawberry and Gemma Coles offer roadshow visitors freezer tips (large version)Shoppers in Ferndown and Christchurch recently discovered how to become freezer experts at our new ‘it’s a breeze to freeze’ Love Food, Hate Waste roadshows. They picked up some top tips about how to reduce food waste by making the most of their freezers.

Sammie Strawberry was also on hand to chat to roadshow visitors about the variety of foods that can be frozen as well as giving them free freezer recipe cards.

Freezers can be used to store tasty home cooked meals, leftovers and preserve food that’s reaching its use-by date. So why not try some of our frosty freezer tips:

  • You can freeze foods right up to the end of the use-by date
  • Cook once, eat twice – make double portions of things like lasagne and bolognaise sauce so that you can eat one and freeze one for another meal
  • Save space in your freezer by using small containers and freezing liquids in bags (freeze them flat first). Remove unnecessary packaging but remember to cut out the instructions first
  • Buy large bags of meat and fish, which can often work out more economical, then divide them into smaller portions
  • Visit your freezer often and keep tabs on what’s inside

Come along to our roadshow and take our freezer quiz.

A summer menu for you, and for your garden

29 June 2010

Go compost crazy this summer (large version)Whether you’re having a barbecue, or summer Sunday lunch with the family, make sure you put all your compostable kitchen waste into your compost bin, along with your grass cuttings and prunings.

Here are a few tips:

Healthy spread: summer salads provide plenty of vegetable and fruit waste: excellent ingredients for composting

Shortcut to success: cutting waste into small pieces will help to speed up the compost process

Off the compost menu: Composting meat, bones or food scraps is not recommended

If you aren’t already composting at home, summer is the time to get off to a flying start! With warmer weather providing optimum composting conditions, this is the season to speed up your compost-making.

We’ve also secured new special offers on compost bins, so it is even easier to start. Now is the time to check these out.

Recycling champions visit Weymouth and Portland

11 June 2010

Community recycling advisor (large version)

This month, a team of door-to-door recycling advisers are out and about in Weymouth and Portland. They are visiting households in the area to explain the benefits of recycling and assist residents with any waste reduction concerns or questions.

Our enthusiastic recycling champions are fully trained and familiar with local issues. The aim is for them to help spread waste prevention messages and increase participation in the food waste and recycling collection scheme in the area. Talking to individual householders about recycling services has proved really successful in other parts of the county.

Our advisers will be easily recognisable with ‘recycle it’s a way of life’ branded hi-visibility jackets. They will also be carrying an ID badge.

Packaging news

7 April 2010

What’s going on to reduce packaging?

Good news, the Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP) has unveiled a commitment aimed at reducing the carbon impact of packaging in the food and grocery sector.

Targets to be achieved by the end of 2012 include:

  • Reducing the carbon impact of grocery packaging by 10 per cent
  • Reducing household food and drink wastes by 4 per cent
  • Reducing traditional grocery product and packaging waste in the supply chain by five per cent

More than 40 major retailers, brands and manufacturers from the sector signed up to the original Courtauld Commitment in 2005, which focused on packaging and food waste. In 2008, the first objective was successfully achieved – stopping growth in packaging despite increases in both sales and population in the UK.

Read more about WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 (opens in a new window).

New compost bin bargains up for grabs

25 March 2010

Compost bin offers (large version)With spring fast approaching, now is the perfect time to go composting crazy. To help you transform your uncooked kitchen and garden waste into nutrient-rich compost, we’ve teamed up with Straight PLC to offer a range of compost bins, kitchen caddies and water butts at great prices.

The two most popular – 220 and 330 litre – compost bins are priced at just £14 and £17 respectively, plus £5 home delivery charge. And, what’s more there is also a buy one get one half price offer on these two bins.

You may be surprised about how much of the contents of your household bin can actually be composted. Fruit and vegetable peelings, dead flowers, grass cuttings, egg shells, pet hair, coffee granules, toilet roll innards and teabags can all go in.

If you already have a compost bin and are lucky enough to receive lots of eggs this Easter remember you can compost the egg-stra cardboard once you have eaten all the chocolate!

Find out more (opens in a new window)

Food waste recycling advisors to visit Sherborne homes

16 March 2010

Food waste recycling (large version)If you live in the Sherborne area, you will soon be getting a visit from one of West Dorset District Council’s recycling advisors to tell you about a new recycling scheme which will see food waste collected from the kerbside and transformed into compost.

All food waste, including bread, cakes, meat, fish, yoghurts, dairy produce, egg shells and cooked meals will be picked up for recycling each week from people’s homes when the service starts on 26 April. Residents can still compost vegetable peelings, fruit, tea bags and ashes at home.

From 23 March recycling advisors Tom and Kate will be travelling around the area to speak to residents about the new scheme and will be able to answer any questions. The recycling advisors will be easily recognisable in West Dorset District Council branded hi-visibility jackets and will also be carrying an ID badge.

Sherborne residents will also get the chance to find out more about the scheme at a series of roadshows.

One week before the scheme starts in the Sherborne area, households will receive:

  • A brown kerbside food bin
  • A green vented kitchen caddy
  • A roll of introductory compostable liners
  • A handy guide to the new service

By using the new food waste collection and recycling service, the average household will produce less landfill rubbish. This is why the district council will only be collecting two normal sized rubbish bags per week, per household when the scheme starts on 26 April.

Sammie Strawberry hits the road

3 March 2010

Sammie quizzes shopper on packaging (large version)

Packaging is a hot topic. So, Sammie Strawberry has been out and about at shopping areas in Ferndown, Christchurch, Wareham, and Blandford quizzing local people about the myths of packaging, to help dispel the perception that it’s all bad.

It’s true excess or unnecessary packaging is damaging for the environment. But without it no drinks, liquids, gels or powders would be sold, you couldn’t buy fruit and veg out of season and the amount of broken goods and spoiled food wasted would be huge.

Shoppers flocked to the stand to us chat about what’s being done to reduce the packaging of many well known products and brands. Plus, they also picked up a free pen and shopping list pad, so they save money and help the environment by only buying what they need.

Take our simple test:

1. How much longer can a cucumber last in 1.5 grams of plastic film wrapping?

  • 3 days
  • 7 days
  • 11 days

2.  How much packaging is recycled in the UK?

  • 20%
  • 40%
  • 60%

3. On average, how much lighter are glass containers now than they were in 1980?

  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 30%

Are you right? Check out our leaflet for answers.

Spotlight on…packaging

10 February 2010

Packaging leaflet (large version)Are you frustrated by the amount of packaging you throw away and want to know what is being done to reduce it?

A series of roadshows will be taking place across the county in coming weeks, where you can find out what has and is being done to reduce packaging waste and the impact it has to our environment.

Plus, did you know that an unwrapped cucumber loses moisture and becomes dull and unsaleable within three days but just 1.5 grams of wrapping keeps it fresh for 14 days? You can also find out more about how packaging reduces food waste and pick up some top packaging tips.

The first roadshow kicks-off on Tuesday 16 February at Sainsbury’s in Ferndown, so come along and see us.

Check out our full timetable of roadshows.

New food waste recycling scheme for Sherborne

2 February 2010

Kitchen waste (large version)Great news for Sherborne residents, West Dorset District Council are introducing a major new recycling scheme to transform food waste into compost.

The scheme, which launches on 26 April 2010, will see food waste, including bread, cakes, meat, fish, yoghurts, dairy produce and cooked meals, picked up for recycling each week from your home. You can still home compost vegetable peelings, fruit, tea bags and egg shells.

Here are the facts you need to know:

  • Food waste will be collected alongside normal rubbish from 9,000 households in Sherborne.
  • Around 750 tonnes of food will be collected each year when the service starts.
  • If the scheme proves successful we will look at extending it to the rest of west Dorset in the future.
  • By using the new weekly food waste service and the fortnightly recycling service, the average household in Sherborne should produce no more than two bags of landfill waste per week. So, when the scheme starts we will be limiting refuse collection to two normal sized black bags per week per household.
  • The average household in West Dorset throws away 14kg of waste per week. After recycling glass, cans, paper, cardboard and food waste, two bags are enough for the rest of the waste.
  • Some households will be eligible to apply for an exemption. You will need to contact the customer service team at West Dorset District Council for more information.

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