Love Food Hate Waste
On average, a family with children spends £680 every year on food that ends up in the bin. Nearly half of what is thrown away is fresh fruit and vegetables. Bread, dairy produce, rice and pasta also make the top five on the most wasted food list.
Food waste campaign
Oxfordshire’s councils are working together with Agrivert, who process our food waste, to recycle more of the food leftovers thrown into residents’ rubbish bins.
We estimate that around 30% of the county’s food waste is binned, and aim to reduce this amount significantly. Recycling food waste in Agrivert’s anaerobic digestion plants captures biogas to produce electricity and produces a soil conditioner for local farmers.
Oxfordshire councils will use leaflets and stickers to communicate with householders starting spring 2017, and provide them with free liners (except Cherwell residents) for their kitchen caddies. Not all households will be targeted, but every Oxfordshire resident is encouraged to separate more of their waste food for collection. Oxford City Council have already started their liner deliveries, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse will be delivering liners to some households during the spring, and West Oxfordshire's will take place later this year.
Frequently asked questions
How do I recycle my food waste, and where does it go?
When you have done all you can to reduce the amount of food you throw away, the rest can be recycled in your food caddy. Food waste recycling is collected and treated in Oxfordshire, and used to generate enough electricity for over 9000 homes, as well as making fertiliser for use on local farms. Find out more.
Why are you supplying me with liners?
We are trying to reduce the large amount of food waste still being put in the rubbish bin. Food waste in the rubbish bin costs 2.5 times as much to process as putting it in the food waste caddy for recycling.
Some people do not like putting food waste into a caddy without a liner as they have to clean the caddy or they cannot afford liners. By supplying liners we are enabling more people to use their food waste recycling service.
Who will get the liners?
Free liners are only being supplied to residents in Oxford City, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse.
West Oxfordshire is planning to run this campaign next year. As Cherwell’s food waste is mixed with garden waste the council supplied liners would contaminate the final compost.
You want to save money but are spending money on supplying liners. Isn’t this counter-intuitive?
The cost of putting food waste into the rubbish bin is around 2.5 times more expensive than recycling it in your food waste caddy. Large savings can be made if food waste is recycled. Savings on Oxfordshire County Council's disposal costs will be used to pay for the liners, leaflets and stickers. The district councils are contributing by paying for delivery of these items. In addition, Agrivert, the food waste processing contractor, is paying towards the cost of the project.
What do I do when my liners run out?
You can use compostable food waste liners, wrap your food waste in newspaper or kitchen roll, or put it straight into your kerbside food caddy. No liner is necessary to participate in food waste recycling.
Your District Council website will have further information about the supply of council liners in your area. Decisions on further liner supply will depend on how well the public recycle their food waste and the amount of money saved during this trial. We are committed to finding ways of saving money.
What if I already recycle my food waste and don’t want to use the liners you have supplied?
Thank you for recycling your food waste. It is very much appreciated. Would your neighbour or friend like your supply of liners for recycling food waste? Please feel free to share with people you know and encourage them to recycle their food waste.
More ideas to help reduce food waste
Love Food Hate Waste Champions
Oxfordshire County Council has recruited a number of Love Food Hate Waste Champions to attend community and council events across the county, engaging with the public to share hints and tips on how to reduce food waste, save money and how to use the food waste collection service.
Champions are committed to reducing food waste themselves and eager to talk to others on the topic. Look out for them at an event near you.
If you would like to talk to us about a Love Food Hate Waste Champion attending an event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 816043.
Food Waste Assistant
To support the delivery of food waste prevention solutions, Love Food Hate Waste have created an online tool called ‘Your Food Waste Assistant’ designed to identify waste behaviours and offers solutions based on user selected outputs.
‘Your Food Waste Assistant’ asks you about the last food you wasted, why, and offers simple ideas to help you do something differently next time around.
Love Food Hate Waste campaign
The Love Food Hate Waste campaign has been created to raise awareness of the problem of food waste and provide information on what simple steps can be taken to combat it.
Research has shown that 90% of us are completely unaware of the amount of food we all throw away. Once attention is drawn to it people are often surprised and keen to take action.
The diagram below shows the actions that can be taken to reduce food waste:
More tips and information for reducing food waste
Did you know that food can be frozen right up to its use by date? Or that stilton and fresh herbs can be frozen? To find out more about reducing food waste visit the Love Food Hate Waste website or download one of our handy tools below:
Display dates on packaging
(usually found on chilled products)
The key date in terms of safety: never eat products after this date and observe storage instructions. Check if the food can be frozen if you need to eat it at a later date.
Best before (usually found on longer shelf life foods such as frozen, tinned or dried goods)
Refers to quality rather than safety. You can judge if it’s safe to eat food after the ‘best before’ date, but food may no longer be at its best. Eggs are the exception. Never eat eggs after the ‘best before’ date.
Display until and sell by
Used by some shops to help with stock control and are instructions for shop staff, not shoppers.
Free recipe cards
Download some of our latest recipe cards featuring ideas from Pudding Pie Cookery School and Oxfordshire residents:
- Ilya Harvey's Parsnip rice (pdf format, 115Kb)
- Ilya Harvey's Vegetable jalfrezi (pdf format, 95Kb)
- Ilya Harvey's Cheap cheat naan bread (pdf format, 124Kb)
- Ronnie Bailey's end of week vegetable casserole (pdf format, 125Kb)
- Simon Kenton's sweet and sour sprouts (pdf format, 525Kb)
- Maggie Donaldson's turkey gratin (pdf format, 831Kb)
Food waste videos
Find out if cheese, bread roll and potato find their perfect packaging match in the Best Before Date game show.