North London Waste Authority scheme sees households cut food waste

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Adam Devreceni and housemate Teresa Green

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Adam Devreceni and housemate Teresa Green

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A pilot scheme to reduce the amount of food thrown away has helped households save £32 a week, it is claimed.


The three-month Food Waste Challenge, organised by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), saw people from seven boroughs including Waltham Forest following advice on how to make more of leftovers and get more creative when cooking.


Adam Devreceni, 27, and his housemate Teresa Green, of Abbots Park Road in Leyton, took part in the project.


They reduced their food waste by 38 per cent and cut about a third off the cost of their weekly shopping bill.


Mr Devreceni said: "I didn’t think I wasted much food, but the challenge showed how much was wasted, and how much money could be saved.


"We are really surprised at the results. Planning ahead was the key. Now we compost all our waste food, and that’s the best thing we’ve learned from the challenge."


NLWA chair and Waltham Forest Councillor Clyde Loakes added: "Waste disposal costs are rising, making it more expensive for your local council to dispose of it, when the money could be spent on better things, like schools and social care.


"That’s why we’ve put such an intensive effort into working alongside these valiant families who have demonstrated perfectly just how effectively north Londoners can reduce their food waste."

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10:10am Mon 11 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Monday was always cold meat and pickle day for non-vegetarians with mashes when I was a spring chicken.

These days people need educating that you can save a fortune by not ordering rubbish old pizza takeaways and all the other fat laden meals that could contain anything. They are finding horse in all types of products through the greedy fat cat Mafia's industry.

This is a tip of the iceberg and they have opened a can of worms.
Monday was always cold meat and pickle day for non-vegetarians with mashes when I was a spring chicken. These days people need educating that you can save a fortune by not ordering rubbish old pizza takeaways and all the other fat laden meals that could contain anything. They are finding horse in all types of products through the greedy fat cat Mafia's industry. This is a tip of the iceberg and they have opened a can of worms. Cornbeefur
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6:23pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Sam Hain says...

Cllr Loakes is certainly looking good for reducing his own food intake! Either Cornbeefur is mixing his metaphors (again) or he means iceburg lettuce, which I'm sure worms would love.
Cllr Loakes is certainly looking good for reducing his own food intake! Either Cornbeefur is mixing his metaphors (again) or he means iceburg lettuce, which I'm sure worms would love. Sam Hain
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