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Share your recipes for leftovers on Love Food Surrey’s new Facebook app

app-1A new Facebook app has been launched by Surrey County Council to encourage the county’s residents to share recipes which turn lovely leftovers into tasty treats.

Creating the app is the latest way the council’s Love Food Surrey campaign is helping residents to reduce the 75,000 tonnes of uneaten food which is thrown away in Surrey every year. 

And even though a third of food waste is collected and recycled, the cost of dealing with it all still adds up to a staggering £6 million a year. However, research shows that the average family could save around £50 every month by making small changes like planning ahead or only buying the food they need.

John Furey, Cabinet Member for Transport, Highways and Environment, said: “Our first Facebook app is an innovative way to encourage Surrey residents to reduce their food waste and save money at the same time.

“With so many people regularly using social media, our new app will help Surrey residents to share how they are already reducing the amount of food they throw away.”

The recipes which residents upload can be anything which makes the most of leftover food. For example, using leftover chicken and vegetables from theSunday roast to make a tasty soup, or including ripe bananas in a delicious cake.

To celebrate the launch of the app, the person who uploads September’s most popular recipe will win some fabulous foodie treats from Surrey. The prizes have been donated by some of Surrey’s finest food and drink companies: Glutton and Glee cafe in Guildford, Chalk Hills Bakery in Reigate, Watts Gallery in Compton, La Barbe in Reigate, Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Brasserie Blanc in Farnham, Anila’s Indian sauces in Walton and Mummy Makes in Farnham.

Simply go to https://apps.facebook.com/lovefoodsurrey, sign into Facebook and like the app to enter. It is then easy to upload recipes and photos. Residents can also search, like and be inspired by the recipes which have been uploaded by other people. The recipe with the most likes on Thursday 31 October will win the prizes.

For other hints and tips on reducing your food waste and saving money, go to www.lovefoodsurrey.com

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