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Waste watchers challenge

This autumn in Surrey we will throw away enough potatoes to cover 6 football pitches

Surrey County Council is challenging families to see how much they could reduce their household food waste by in five days.

The challenge is part of the Love Food Surrey campaign and aims to highlight and tackle the enormous amount of food being wasted by residents in Surrey.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “The diary is easy and straightforward to use and helps you to get an idea of what food your household throws away. Try it for 5 days to see if it makes a difference. Before you know it, you could be saving up to £50 a month.”

The food waste diary helps families to track how much food is thrown away and the money they could potentially be saving. It also provides handy tips on reducing food waste.

Families can take inspiration from Surrey parents who have already completed diaries, with great results.

Mum of three Penny Bramsden, from Guildford, saved £45 in a month and Diane Thomson from Tadworth, a mum to two saved around £30 a month. Diane said: “My advice to any busy mums out there is to find out what portion sizes each family member prefers – believe me, it saves a whole lot of stress and time.”

Residents can download diaries at Everyone returning a completed diary will have the option to be entered into a prize draw with rewards including a £50 Co-operative supermarket voucher, meals out and other foodie goodies. The closing date for completed diaries and entry into the free prize draw is 30 November 2012.  Please note the free prize draw is open to Surrey residents only.

Notes for editors

Research indicates that Surrey residents produce about 80,000 tonnes of food waste every year, with treatment and disposal costs in the region of £6.7 million.

The website is dedicated to helping residents waste less food by providing tips on how to plan meals, perfect the right portions, store food correctly and use up leftovers.

Did you know?

  • This summer in Surrey we threw away enough salad to fill an Olympic size swimming pool.
  • Every day in Surrey we throw away enough bread to fill a double decker bus.
  • This autumn in Surrey we will throw away enough potatoes to cover 6 football pitches.

For more information please contact Felicity Stanbridge on 0208 541 8751 or email


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