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Every week in Surrey we throw away enough strawberries to cover a tennis court

Every week in Surrey we throw away enough strawberries to cover a tennis court

And every day in Surrey we throw away two shed loads of bananas.

These alarming statistics form part of Surrey County Council’s Love Food Surrey campaign which encourages people to think about how much food they are throwing away.

Through shopping smarter and using leftovers, it’s estimated the average family could save up to £50 on their monthly shopping bill.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Highways and Environment said: “It’s startling to discover exactly how much food is thrown away, much of which is avoidable. For example, this summer people in Surrey will throw away enough cake to cover a five mile bike ride.

“Our Love Food Surrey campaign shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will help save money and benefit the environment too.”

Each year, households in the UK throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink. In Surrey alone, more than 75,000 tonnes of food is thrown away each year and even though a third is collected and recycled, it costs taxpayers £6 million a year to deal with.

John Furey added:“That’s the same amount of money it takes for Surrey County Council to fund 630 primary school places, buy a million library books or fix 108,000 potholes.”

For the food waste that can’t be avoided (like cooked food scraps and meat bones), people can use their kerbside food waste collection service. By collecting food separately from general waste it can be processed in a more environmentally friendly way, producing energy and being turned into fertiliser for use on farms.

For more information on the Love Food Surrey campaign visit http://www.lovefoodsurrey.com.

Ends

Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council campaign communications officer Felicity Stanbridge at felicity.stanbridge@surreycc.gov.uk.

Notes to editors

A recent evaluation of the 2012 Love Food Surrey campaign revealed almost 40% of people surveyed had reduced the amount of food they throw out because of the campaign.

Love Food Surrey is run by Surrey County Council on behalf of the Surrey Waste Partnership.

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