Food Waste Action Week

Wasting food is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. Significant volumes of water, land, energy, time, and transportation go into producing our food, and yet in UK homes we waste 4.5 million tonnes of edible food every year. That’s enough to make 10 million meals! Food waste at both production, and table level is now such a global problem, that for context, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations reports that one third of greenhouse emissions globally come from agriculture, and that 30% of all the food we now produce is wasted – approximately 1.8 billion tonnes of it a year.

Minimising food waste is now high on our agenda at Swansea University and we’re already taking steps in our Campus Catering outlets to reduce the amount we produce, some of which include; carefully planning menus and using ingredients across multiple dishes, regularly reviewing sales reports to make improvements, embedding regular ordering and stock rotation, and donating to local community kitchen projects. Food waste generated across the University in catering outlets, student residences and offices is separated to ensure it’s sent for anaerobic digestion, a process which creates which creates bi-gas and bio-fertiliser from our food waste.

But, we want to do more and that’s why we’re united in the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)’s message to you, our students and staff that “Wasting Food Feeds Climate Change.” We’re joining organisations across the UK to support the UK’s first Food Waste Action Week from 1st to 7th March 2021, which is a week dedicated to raising awareness of the environmental impact of wasting food, and provides lots of useful tips to help us all forge new habits to waste less. Read the University's press release to find out more about why we're backing the campaign.

We all need to spread the word about how to waste less food. Everyone can make a difference, and something as small as saving your leftovers and encouraging friends and family to do the same means you’re doing your part. To get involved, read our 10 top tips below and visit Love Food Hate Waste for more hints, tips and easy recipes to help make the most out of your food, while saving money and helping our planet.

10 Top Tips

Luckily, there are some simple actions we can all take to keep food out of the bin, and save up to £210 every year. This year, for Food Waste Action Week, here are 10 top tips you can try to minimise your food waste: