Leftover-based recipe competition to mark Food Waste Action Week

Highlighting how great food can be created

Win Don't Bin is aim of campaign

A new competition urging Leicestershire residents to reduce food waste this month has been launched to highlight how great food can be created from leftovers.

As part of Food Waste Action Week, Leicestershire County Council has launched a competition to inspire residents to save time and money by making the most of the food they buy.  

With research estimating that wasting food costs the average UK family more than £700 a year, the competition joins the Food Waste Action Week’s theme of ‘Win. Don’t Bin’, showing that everyday actions and simple recipes can avoid unnecessary food waste.

People in Leicestershire can now submit recipes that use up leftover ingredients, such as bread, milk and potatoes, to be in with a chance of winning £30 worth of Central England Co-op vouchers and a feature in a county-wide cookbook.

Recipes can be submitted until 11.59pm on Sunday 26 March 

We’re delighted to have been supporting Food Waste Action Week for the third year running, and we’re tackling the issue head on by encouraging residents to take easy, everyday actions to help make the county a cleaner, greener place to live and work.

Every person in Leicestershire can make a big difference by taking small steps to reduce food waste, such as planning meals and storing food correctly, which could save their family around £730 a year.

I’m excited to see the recipes we get and I encourage you to take part in our competition and submit your own food creations made from leftover ingredients.

Waste and Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP) Food Waste Action Week runs until Sunday 12 March, with the theme ‘Win. Don’t bin’. The focus of the organisation’s awareness campaign is that using up everything we buy saves money, time and the planet, reducing the amount of food that would usually be thrown away.

Various food waste prevention themed events are also being held across the county, including: 

  • Talks to community groups during the week
  •  Community kitchens holding cooking classes for residents

For more information about reducing your waste – including tips, booking talks and events and volunteering, visit www.lesswaste.org.uk

The county council will also be sharing their top tips about how residents can reduce their food waste on their social media channels, as well as  at www.facebook.com/LeicestershireRecycling

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