People across Aberdeenshire are being encouraged to cut down on their food waste to save money and help the environment.
One-fifth of the food and drink bought, ends up being thrown away. This is the equivalent of a family of four having another mouth to feed and avoidable food waste costs the average Scottish household £430 a year.
Every year, avoidable food waste costs the Scottish public £1bn and creates harmful greenhouse gases. Reducing this waste could help cut carbon emissions equal to taking one car in five off Scotland’s roads.
The Scottish Government has committed to climate change targets of a 42 per cent reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2020 and an 80 per cent reduction by 2050. This includes a ban on food waste, from landfill by the end of 2020, which will help reduce emissions.
Reducing food waste is seven times better for the environment than any recycling option, but sometimes it can’t be avoided and food recycling services are now being rolled out across Scotland. Recycling food waste can generate renewable energy and be turned into a fertiliser to benefit Scottish farmers.
Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead, said: “The new food waste reduction campaign seeks to empower everyone to shop smarter, waste less, save more and help create a greener, cleaner Scotland now and for the future.
“We all waste food but by making a few simple changes to the way we plan our meals, to our weekly food shopping, to using up leftovers and to better storage, we can help our pockets and the environment too. If we stopped avoidable food waste we’d save around £35 per household per month.”
Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Helping people to take practical action to reduce the amount of food they waste is good for the environment and helps save money too. This new campaign, which builds on our work to uncover the scale and nature of food waste in Scotland, is a welcome step in raising further awareness of this expensive and often unnecessary waste and motivating people to take simple steps to avoid it.”
For more information and lots of ways to cut down your food and drink waste visit greenerscotland.org