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Surrey’s food waste team hit the road

Residents are able to pick up easy, practical advice and food saving gadgets such as recipe cards, to help cut down the amount of food they throw away at a number of roadshows being run across the county.

The 35 roadshows form part of Surrey Waste Partnership’s Love Food Surrey campaign which is encouraging people to waste less food and will run until October.

Since starting three weeks ago, the team have spoken to around 1,250 people and taken up to 600 pledges from residents who have pledged to either plan their weekly meals, perfect portioning skills, use their leftovers for another meal or store better.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “The roadshows are an excellent way to get some inspiration for easy and tasty leftover recipes that you can try at home, and new ideas to help with shopping and portioning habits. The average householder can save up to £50 per month by avoiding wasted food which I’m sure we would all appreciate, so the roadshows are worth a look.”

Residents will have the opportunity to talk directly to our team of food waste experts who will also be able to answer any questions they may have about their kerbside food waste collection service.

Remaining roadshows will take place at supermarkets, shopping centres and large family fairs – for all dates and locations, click here.

Notes to editors

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

In Surrey more than 80,000 tonnes of food is thrown away each year which costs taxpayers £6.7 million to deal with.

The website www.lovefoodsurrey.com is dedicated to helping residents waste less food by providing tips on how to plan meals, perfect the right portions, store correctly and use up leftovers. Residents can subscribe to the bi-monthly newsletter for latest news, tops tips, case studies, ask the expert, competitions and food events in Surrey.  The latest edition can be viewed here.

For more information please contact Campaign Communications Officer on 0208 541 8751 or email felicity.stanbridge@surreycc.gov.uk.

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