An easy green way to keep food waste out of landfill – The Green Cone

Green Cone food waste digester

As you may be aware, there are many reasons why food is wasted in the home, including overbuying, inadequate food storage and cooking oversized portions. Fortunately, with food waste reduction tips and advice from organizations such as WRAP, many of us are beginning to make better choices when it comes to valuing our food, reducing food waste and in turn saving money. In fact according to WRAP there was an estimated 1.1m tonne reduction of food waste between 2006 and 2010.

Great news, I hear you say, but when you consider that 15m tonnes of food is still being wasted per year, with households generating 7.2m tonnes of which 4.4m tonnes is avoidable – it’s clear to see there is still quite a way to go.

However, not all food waste is avoidable and it is inevitable some will go to waste, but how can we ensure we keep it out of landfill?

Unfortunately, there is not a simple, one-fits-all solution to this problem for several reasons:

Firstly, there is still a lack of awareness of the environmental impact of food waste, some believing that as food is biodegradable it is okay for it to go to landfill, whilst others do not fully understand or appreciate the consequences of the harmful emissions created by food waste, methane, and the detrimental effect it has on our environment.

Secondly, there is not always a disposal infrastructure in place to enable householders to make a greener choice. For example, not all UK homes have food waste collected by their local authority, others have concerns that is unhygienic to store food waste, some may not have gardens to compost, whilst not all garden owners wish to compost at all.

Fortunately, for the latter, those with gardens who do not wish or have time to compost, there is an eco-friendly solution to dispose of food waste – namely, The Green Cone.

Green Cone Food waste digester

The Green Cone is an innovative food waste disposal unit. A four-part injection moulded unit, it comprises of a lower basket installed below ground and forming the base for an upper assembly consisting of a black inner cone and a green outer lidded plastic cone.

Sited in a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden, above the water table, the Green Cone will effortlessly digest all cooked and uncooked kitchen food waste, including:

Meat,
Fish,
Bones,
Dairy products,
Vegetables,
Fruit,
Peelings etc.

So how the Green Cone work?

Using the 5 litre Green Cone caddy (which is supplied with the Green Cone) all organic kitchen waste can be collected, then when convenient, emptied into the Green Cone.

The Green Cone’s patented design of the unit utilises a solar heating effect between the inner and outer cones to promote air circulation, which facilitates the growth of beneficial micro-organisms and the desirable aerobic digestion process. The household food waste is converted into water, carbon dioxide and small amount of residue that will only need to be removed every few years in a well operating Green Cone.

That’s it!

So, if you are looking for a solution to dispose of your unavoidable food waste, take a look at the Green Cone and don’t forget to check if your local council will subsidise your Green Cone purchase at www.foodwasteeater.co.uk

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258 Comments
caroline mobbs

Only use what you need to do smaller portions than you think you need as can always get more and if is left overs put them in fridge, fry them the next day with some grated potatoe seasoning and herbs and you have a tasty meal

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admin

Me too … that’s partly the reason why this month, October, I’m focussing on getting fit and shedding a few pounds. I’ll be reviewing an organic detox plan and a de-stress/ sleep better organic aromatherapy spa experience, don’t forget to take a look :)

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Tracey Peach

Only buy what you need from teh supermarket making a list & planing what you will eat for the week reduces the amount of food wastage

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Tracy

Do regular fridge checks and move the food that needs to be eaten first towards the front (to remind you).

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Anna

Grow your own where possible, it takes so much effort so I can’t stand to waste anything. Plan what you will eat and when then you shop accordingly – boring I know, but it works!

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elisha

If you happen to over cook, either freeze or use it as a stir fry or soup for the next day or so. Food ALWAYS taste better a day after!

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Ellie Bromilow

Plan your meals, and why not freeze your leftovers or eat them for your dinner the next day? almost anything can go into an omelet or pasta sauce or cheese grill. Any stale bread can be made into breadcrumbs and frozen. Leftover fat from cooking can be left for the birds rather than landfill (just save an old margarine tub and fill it) and if you have sandwich meat or cut fat bits from sandwich meat they will eat those too.

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Liz Green

Buy long life goods in bulk and fruit/veg etc on a day to day basis when you need it xx

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Zoe G

Measure out quantities when cooking so I don’t cook too much or if I do too much I will then freeze it, also keep on top of food in the fridge by using things first that aren’t as fresh to save waste

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Ali Thorpe

Think about ways to use food that is a little past its best. Soft, wrinkly veg roasts well, and is great for cooking up and freezing for stew or soup bases.

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Francesca Tuck

Use all of the vegetable, not just the bulk of the body. Leaves and roots can be tasty too.

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Julie Guy

We hardly have any food waste, my teenage kids are like hoovers, they eat everything.

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Jen

My tip is to think carefully about whether you’ll use it in time when shopping and be aware of use by dates.

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Paula Hambly

Don’t be over cautious on best before dates it’s only guide and if not dairy or meat can be used a few days after !

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Nina C

Don’t get sucked into buy 1 get 1 free or other multi deals if you aren’t going to use the extra food. It’s just something extra to throw out unless you really need the whole lot.

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Jo Dawkins

Plan your weekly meals and buy appropriately and save and freeze any leftovers if you can

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Nancy Townsend

Don’t buy more than you are going to use. Use what you have before you buy more.

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kerry Locke

It’s Simple .. cook less. If you only cook in portion sizes that your family will eat, then there will be no waste. If you over cook – then freeze your extras for another meal. The only waste you should have is veg peelings and recycle packaging.

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Angie Hoggett

I always keep a list of what’s in my freezer to avoid buying unecessary food and it’s great for making sure I use things up and for planning meals for the week ahead.

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Spencer Broadley

Being single I cook 3 to 4 portions and freeze 2 portions and use the other 2 over 2 days – eg mince, tomato, veg and then make the portion into either as it is or spag bol or chille concarne to vary the meals – by doing this I save on having to throw things out but also on electric & gas because it just needs reheating if you thaw from the freezer so planning is important

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admin

Great tips Spencer – saving energy when cooking is SO important these days – especially as further fuel price increases are on the way!

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Rachel Craig

Check the fridge, freezer and cupboard stock prior to meal planning, making a shopping list and doing the shopping trip.

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Donna Parkin

always meal plan and always check back freezer before reshopping kids are great at saying thes nowt to eat arghhh

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Carol Fowkes

When we have leftover food from a meal, we either freeze it in one or two meal portions or make soup with it. Our favourite is Christmas Dinner soup! So none of that goes into landfill

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Helen Grayson

Try and use up things you have in the fridge, chicken can be made into sandwiches, dry bread can be made into puddings – You can make meals out of leftover veggies too – Bubble and squeak! :)

It’s about thinking outside the box and you can almost always use your leftovers to make a new meal :)

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faye huntington

wrap up leftovers in foil and save for the next day as breakfast (if its pudding as a treat!) or lunch if it’s savoury :) xxxx

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Pam Francis Gregory

Before freezing separate meats into useable amounts so you only use what you need

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Ailie

Great advice above! We shop at a low cost supermarket, Aldi. They tend to have quality food and lots of cheap fruit and veg. They also do not stock frilly items, so you are not tempted with things that are pointless and a waste of cash! When I make a roast lunch I always do one extra dinner for my husband to have the next day with the surplus food!

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admin

Thanks Ailie – yes I’m an Aldi convert too. I think their fresh produce is not only better value for money, it’s of a superior quality than that which I find in my other local supermarkets, though not as tasty as my homegrown of course! Great tips about the extra dinner, Sunday lunch is great on any day of the week :)

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julie baxter

plan out the weeks meals and only buy what you need. i find that nothing gets wasted then

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Maggie Osborn

Freeze as much of the leftovers as possible. Don’t buy huge bags of salad, etc that will go off.

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chris yocomp

Meal Plan – saves money and food wastage. And then approx once every 6-8 weeks I try to miss a shop at the supermarket and just eat out the fridge/freezer. This forces me to eat up those little bits

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Ruth Harwood

My tip for reducing food waste is to keep your eye on sell by and use by dates and make sure you knowl you’ll be able to eat food before it goes off

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admin

Thanks for your comments Bobbie, however I must admit I love BOGOF offers, especially on frozen or fresh produce which I can pop straight in my freezer. In doing so I make a cost saving PLUS I’ve always got a stock of food at hand which means I can leave shopping for another week. :)

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Denise

Prepare a weekly meal plan, looking in the fridge, freezer and cupboards before you prepare your shopping list. Buy only what’s onthe hopping list and stick to the meals that were planned – saves money and waste! :)

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Nicki R

I buy things in bulk to save money then freeze them in portion sizes so only take out what I need when I need it :)

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admin

Me too Nicki – that’s why I’m not anti BOGOF offers – I often make great savings on my grocery bill with them.

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Alex

Ensure you freeze things you cannot cook a day before their use by date. Plus the more full your freezer the less it costs to run!

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admin

Great tips Alex, freezers are often underused, yet they are possibly the most useful kitchen appliance to help reduce unnecessary food waste.

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michelle harris

use leftovers…most people’s fav meals where originally meant to be ways of using leftovers – lasagne, pizza, pie – shepherds, cottage or pastry; soups mmmm hungry now….leftovers….

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HazelY

Plan meals well in advance, stock up on small or medium freezer bags for leftovers (including slate bread for breadcrumbs etc.) and be creative with leftovers. Experimenting can be such fun when cooking!

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NICOLA TERRY

My tip would be to grow your own fruit and veg if possible. Pick what you need and the rest can be left to grow still. If you end up with quite a bit of stuff then make chutneys/jams/pickles with it

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dragonfly63

Look for what ingredients you have and enter them onto a recipe website such as Supercook (http://www.supercook.com/)
choose what type of recipe you want and then choose one from what it offers. Food saving and new recipes, a win win situation.

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Liz Marriott

Eat it all! Anything left over, put in a big pot, liquidise or mash it when cooked and make a soup with a few haricot beans – lovely. Compost what is not edible.

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Stewart Green

Make your own meals, Go past the eat by dates, freeze what you don’t use, Have eat what’s in the freezer days,
Make veg stock with what’s left over veg at the end of the week.

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admin

Thanks for your tips Stewart – I like the ‘eat what’s in the freezer day’ idea – guaranteed to rescue those UFO’s (Unidentified Frozen Objects) lurking in the back of the freezer :)

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Barry Ranns

Cook everything fresh and just the right portion sizes. Always use leftovers, I love bubble and squeak.

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Zoe Roxby

When I make too much I always freeze what can be freezed in seperate portions and re heated at a later date. its useful when I am at work and my husband is at home with the kids he can just ask the kids what they want for tea and he can reheat them. that way if they pick what they like I know there is never gonna be any wastage or not much

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leanne

Exactly – plus if they’re not served up, you’re more likely to save the leftovers for another meal

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Phyllis Ellett

Make meals from scratch and design the meals that any leftovers can be safely frozen for use later as leftovers.

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Lisa Wilkinson

Work out the meals you are going to make a week in advance and only buy the ingredients needed for those :)

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Jo Booth

Meal planning, before you go shopping, plan what you’re going to cook for the family the following week. Write your list at the same time. It does work :-)

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admin

Very good tip Jo, this would also work well with online shopping – as long as your not tempted by the special offers!

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Kim Sly

Cook what you need, rather than what you don’t! for one it save’s you money, saves your waist line and can fill your freezer if you cook from scratch!!!! very beneficial

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Alyson Guy

Use stale bread to make croutons, cutting into squares, sprinkling with olive oil and placing in the oven after cooking a meal (or on a low heat if not cooking) until crunchy. They store in a sealed container for ages and make salad left overs (and soup made from leftovers) into a treat.

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Chris Collyer

If you are a parent, eat after your children as they often leave food so you dont have to cook as much

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gareth

i sed to have one of these marvelous thingamies but my landlord knicked it i would love to win another one

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lynn neal

Invite the family round and cook for them in one oven ! Saving energy. You will need less heating on with the warmth generated by a group. Your guests can turn their heating, lights etc. off while they are out. Buying in larger quantities is usually cheaper just be careful to cook only the amount you need!

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admin

I love it Lynn – AND if there are leftovers, everyone can take some home, giving them a ‘ready meal’ for another day. :)

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Deborah Hambleton

I try to shop little and often – doesnt work for everyone, but if you have to pass a Supermarket each day then it’s easy to just buy a little at a time.

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admin

Good point Deborah, like you say, it’s great if you’re regularly in the vicinity of a store, but if you have to travel each time, having bigger ‘shops’ less often would work better.

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Sharon Burroughs

Plan your meals for the week so you only buy what you need and whatever is left in your fridge at the end of the week chuck in a stew!

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helenthemadex

a combination of meal planning, which means you shop to the menu and smaller portions

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jodie harvey

we always make another meal with anything left over, the thing we usually have too much of is chicken on a sunday after a roast, but it makes a yummy chicken and mayo sandwich at the nighttime :)

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Lorna Craig

When we have a chicken, we get 2 roast dinners each,out of then more for sandwiches and finally boil up the carcass for stock and make chicken soup with loads of veggies, eat some and freeze the rest for quick lunches! The only problem I’ve always had is what to do with the carcass when I’ve finished but this would solve that problem! :)

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admin

Wow Lorna – that should be the official blueprint for getting the most out of a meal – I’m seriously impressed!

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Sam Furniss

Prepare meals in larger amounts so that the excess can be portioned up and frozen to be eaten at a later date.

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John

Buy only what you will use. The best way to do this is to shop two or three times a week instead of one big shop/

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Amanda

Use old takeaway plastic tubs to make up a meal with the left overs and freeze, you can then use these individual meals for work.

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admin

Great idea Amanda – plus you get a ‘free’ lunch meal and save time by avoiding the ‘dash out to grab a bite to eat’ routine :)

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Hayley Todd

I always go to the supermarket with a list of meals I want to make for that week, so by purchsing only the ingredients I need for each meal, it ensures that no waste occurs. When I buy fresh fruit and veg, bread, cheese, ham and other perishables, I always buy the items with the longest sell-by date, as this ensures that there is a far greater chance of the item being fully used before it runs out of date and has to be thrown away!

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Zoe Wilkinson

I plan the weekly meals so i know exactly what to buy, any leftovers i freeze. If we have chicken i always use the carcass to make stock. Nothing wasted if i can help it.

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sarah davison

I plan our family meals and buy the ingredients on a weekly basis. By the end of the week the fridge is bare and if there is anything left – it goes on to be used for the next lot of meals

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Sally Henry

Any leftover meat, rice,vegetables in our household are fed to our dog. Makes us happy (we can cut back on the dog food costs) and her too!

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Hannah Whitling

Lots of ways, do meal plans and get only what is needed for those meals, even if it means making more trips to a shop rather than trying to get it all in and getting too much. Another way is to serve up smaller amounts on the plate, if still hungry then go back for some more, that way, whatever is left can be put in the fridge or freezer. When cooking, especially if on your own, cook a larger amount, and freeze it in portions, that way a portion can be taken out when decided that will be for tea, and with cooking it in 1 go, there’s less waste in cooking and preparing it. My final thing is to never go food shopping hungry as you will want more things, things you don’t truly want or need.

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Catharine Rice

By recycling as much as I possibly can!! Washing out jars, milk cartons etc. may seem tedious but its worth it in the end!! Also I’m a student & I try to print as little as I can & use electronic forms of reading such as the iPad!!

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admin

That’s a fab effort Catharine, plus by minimising your printing etc, you can make quite a cost saving on print cartridges and paper. :)

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Karen Whittaker

Try and always cook an appropriate amount and have an idea for leftovers before you cook!!

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claire matthews-curtis

Dont make so much and if possible freeze left overs, plus having a meal plan always help then you only buy wants needed, saves throwing food that hasnt been used an has eg: gone off in the fridge

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Danika Lloyd

Buy only what you need locally rather than big packets where half the pack ends up wasted

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Thea Wilson

Smaller portions of food so you waste…… or have a human garbage disposal unit for a husband like I do!

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Emma Wolski

Don’t buy so much, buy it as you go along if near a local shop, you will prob spend half the money as you won’t impulse buy as we all do in the big supermarkets!

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susan willshee

always check your cupboards, fridge and freezer before going shopping. If you haven;t used something you bought last week – don;t buy it again this week!

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Becky John

Make food in large batches and freeze in smaller portions to be used on other occasions

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Helen T

Check what foodstuffs need using up first and meal plan around those items – freeze any leftovers however small as you can always use them in soups, stews, curries, etc.

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Jacqueline Parker

Freeze leftovers and to make sure that they are not chucked way and wasted have a left overs day/week and try and use up the meals in your freezer and perk up the meals with fresh veg/salad/sauces.

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Helen Garner

Store food in the fridge in order of expiry date to make sure you use the most short-dated stuff first.

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Rachel James

If you want to buy BOGOF’s and special offers club together with family members and share them. You all benefit money-wise and should reduce food waste too.

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Susan Freeman

I turn left over veg and meat from Sunday roast into a soup/stew for Monday and if any left after that it gets blitzed and frozen to be used as a basis for gravies or lunches for work

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Su Brett

We hardly have any food waste, I make a large pan of soup every week and put in any any veg that needs using or as a base for a pasta, then freeze portion sizes. Leftovers can be used in soups and omlettes or frozen. Leftover fruit is used in cakes or puddings and we put peelings into our compost bin.

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