Saving food waste from landfill
Last weekend we celebrated a very special day.
Grandma Green was 21 again and she organised a party for her friends and family.
There was a hot buffet and instead of a traditional Birthday cake, Grandma Green ordered a mountain of profiteroles stuffed with cream, oozing in thick chocolate sauce, with candles on top. They were a huge hit as you might imagine.
At the end of the party I couldn’t help noticing a lot of leftover food and I was compelled to discover its fate.
Needless to say the excess food was going to be binned…
I wrestled with my conscience for a second before deciding I had to step in. I had to do my bit for the environment. What would you think of me if I sat back and watched the food be put into landfill? As a zero waste advocate for Great Britain I had a duty to perform.
So yep, you’ve guessed it, I started to pack up any food I could transport.
Luckily the pizza was on a huge aluminium foil tray and that too was going to be landfilled, so I piled on a few chicken legs and wrapped it all up in more foil that was on the serving table. Alas the casserole and chilli would have had to be taken home in my pockets and that wasn’t really a practical option. If only I could have magically rustled up a container or two from my handbag…
I shared the leftover food with a few neighbours and Mr and Little Miss Green enjoyed the remainder.
Although I’ve always been in favour of doggy bags in restaurants, I’ve never actually had the courage to ask for one. I think I can safely say this was more nerve racking than the first time I walked into our local butcher with a reusable container.
However, as you might imagine, the waiter was only too pleased for me to take away any food I could. It was less for him to clear up and he knew it was going to be eaten rather than wasted. Mind you, he did look at me like I was the first person ever to ask
What about you? Have you ever taken excess food home from a party or restaurant?
Tags: food waste