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Local people encouraged to take the Food Waste Challenge

01 March 2021
People across Derry and Strabane are being asked to make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of food they dispose of to celebrate Food Waste Action Week (March 1st - 7th).
The Food Waste Action Challenge will guide households through some simple steps to reduce the amount of food going into their brown caddy which will save them money in the short term and have multiple benefits for the environment in the longer term.
Each day Council's social media accounts will be posting a range of deliciously simple hacks and tips to help reduce their food waste.
Advice ranges from home freezing tips to ‘compl-eating’: mouth-watering meals using items many people dispose of with the help of local chef Sean Harrigan of The Sooty Olive Restaurant.
Waste and Recycling Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Julie Hannaway, hopes the week will encourage everyone to be more conscious of the volume of food they dispose of.
“A third of all the food we buy is wasted - that's over 30% of what's in your shopping basket ending up in the bin and a lot of unnecessary household spending. 
"We are asking people to be more mindful when preparing meals, thinking about appropriate portion sizes per person and we’ll be promoting videos on using up leftovers and canned food in your cupboards to make delicious meals. 
"Lots of people don't realise it’s safe to freeze food right up to the use-by date and then defrost in the fridge when you want it. 
"In reality, you can freeze almost all foods and this is a great way to reduce your waste and save money. 
"We’re also asking people to use their brown caddy to recycle any food waste they produce as this is turned into compost and used in local parks, cemeteries and roundabouts.”
Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com to find out how you can save money, save the planet and win prizes this week.