Why we should all keep food out of landfill
How much of your weekly landfill waste is food? WRAP estimate around one fifth of household waste is made up of food and collectively we throw away 8.3 million tonnes of food every year in the UK.
Here’s a great example of how to prevent food waste, save money and eat home cooked food that is both quick and convenient.
This week in the fridge I had a few pieces of cooked broccoli and carrot from Sunday lunch, two tablespoons of sweetcorn, 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 slice ham and the remainder of some cream in a tub.
These are typical ingredients that people throw into the bin. They assume that there isn’t enough for a complete meal, so into the landfill they go.
Unfortunately, food doesn’t rot down in landfill like it does in a compost bin. Instead, due to the absence of oxygen, food starts to produce methane which is a potent greenhouse gas. Methane is 23 times more potent than Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and contributes to global warming.
According to the Environment Protection Agency, for every tonne of food waste we keep out of the landfill, we prevent 6 tonnes of CO2 being released into the atmosphere.
Here’s how I combined my ‘food waste’ leftovers this week to make a virtually instant meal!
I cooked up some pasta (I used macaroni because that only takes a few minutes), chopped my leftovers up and tossed them around like a stir fry in some hot oil for a few moments, drained the pasta, added the stir fry and poured cream over it all.
If you wanted to, you could add some grated cheese to the top and grill it, but Little Miss Green, who was claiming starvation and neglect at the time, just ate it as it was.
I thought I’d made enough for 2 meals, but there certainly wasn’t any food waste this time around because LMG scraped the saucepan clean and ate the lot!
What about you? What meal have you made this week from leftovers or how could you start to reduce your weekly food waste?
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