Irish households throw out around €700 worth of food every year – that’s over one million tonnes of waste which goes to landfill.
The Environmental Protection Agency has launched an awareness campaign to help people to cut down on the amount of food they dump.
Odile Le Bolloch from the EPA said,
“Many people have resolved to be a little greener this year and tackling your food waste is a good place to start. If every day each of us tries to reduce the amount of waste we dispose of, this has the potential to have a real impact. Our campaign this week includes providing practical tips to make the most of our food. Reducing food waste offers simple and no cost actions that anyone can take. You don’t need to invest in expensive equipment before you start reaping the benefits. Remember, when it comes to reducing food waste you can stop throwing your money away!”
Though the individual amounts may seem small, when added up the total volume of food waste produced in Ireland every year adds up to over 1 million tonnes. Some of the most common types of food we throw away include meat and fish, dairy products, bread, and fruit and vegetables. Stop Food Waste has developed an An A – Z of Foods , a handy resource that provides ingredient specific tips to make the most of these common food items that often go to waste. The A-Z of Foods provides information about buying, storing, freezing, cooking and using up foods – from Apples to Yoghurt. See www.stopfoodwaste.ie
Speaking about the campaign, Laura Burke, Director General, EPA said,
“The EPA is committed to providing leadership and support towards reducing food waste through our Stop Food Waste programme. Stop Food Waste has been raising awareness, engaging communities and small businesses and building capacity for food waste prevention around the country. Through the Stop Food Waste Challenge, for example, communities are working together to learn and share ideas about reducing food waste. And for food waste that cannot be prevented, Master Composters around the country are trained on all aspects of home composting.”
Led by existing good practice and strong political commitment, people are being encouraged to take action and achieve an Ireland where food is consumed, not wasted. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D. said,
“Raising awareness about the common foods that people throw away and the good habits people can adopt to reduce food waste in their homes is important. I am delighted to support the Stop Food Waste awareness week. Reducing food waste has been a key priority for me since coming into office. This week’s campaign urging people to make the most of their food will not only show people how they can reduce their weekly shopping bills, it will have an impact on reducing food waste disposal underpinning our ongoing commitment to reducing household waste.”
In Ireland, we throw away about 10% of our meat, that's 1 in every 10 slices of ham! There's plenty you can do to stop this hamtrocity – see https://t.co/A2AQBUQNTh #stopfoodwaste pic.twitter.com/wHarnf3XEX
— Stop Food Waste (@Stop_Food_Waste) January 24, 2018