Waste

The 12 tweets of Christmas

The 12 tweets of Christmas are helping cooks save money and reduce food waste this festive season.

Ditching the Brussels sprouts and choosing the perfect size turkey are just two of the hints and tips that professional Surrey chef Carmela Tomkins is offering on Twitter during the countdown to Christmas.

Surrey chef Carmela Tomkins

She is tweeting every day for 12 days @Surrey_Matters as part of Surrey County Council’s Love Food Surrey campaign.

Mrs Tomkins, from West Byfleet, said: “I personally love Brussels sprouts but it’s pointless cooking piles of them if you know they won’t get eaten. It makes sense to choose vegetables you know your hungry mouths will eat, so more food goes into their bellies and less lands up in the bin.

“My Christmas tweets will help people save money by offering shopping advice including how to make the most of those buy-one-get-one-free offers. I’m also showing people how to add a little spice to those Christmas leftovers so they don’t end up being thrown away.”

Surrey County Council’s Love Food Surrey campaign aims to help people waste less food, which saves money and benefits the environment.

Research has revealed families throw away the contents of one in every five shopping bags, which works out to about £50 a month.

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For more information, journalists can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk

Notes to editors

For hints and tips on cutting down food waste and more information on the Love Food Surrey campaign, visit www.lovefoodsurrey.com

Cutting food waste also has the potential to save millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money in reduced landfill costs. Sending all types of rubbish to landfill costs the county council £600,000 a month in taxes alone.

Love Food Surrey is a campaign run by Surrey Waste Partnership which is made up of Surrey County Council and the 11 district and borough councils in the county.

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