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Families challenged to reduce food waste

PUBLISHED: 15:04 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:04 11 August 2017

Cllr Osman Dervish, centre, launches the Food Waste Challenge. Picture: Local Green Points

Cllr Osman Dervish, centre, launches the Food Waste Challenge. Picture: Local Green Points

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A new challenge to help residents waste less food and save themselves money has been launched.

The Havering Council challenge runs alongside London Green Points – Havering, a recycling reward scheme which has been running since 2014.

With around 40per cent of black sack waste in Havering being made up of food waste, the idea is to reduce waste produced and teach households how they could save money.

It will last five months, with residents interacting with an online platform and receiving targeted digital communications about five food waste “themes” which have been identified as ways that households can reduce the amount they throw away: storing food correctly, understanding date labels, portion control, planning meals and making use of leftovers.

For each theme residents are provided with advice – such as the optimum temperature for their fridge and freezer, where bread should be stored to make it last longest and what tools they can use to ensure the correct portion sizes. They are then asked to make a pledge about what they are going to do in order to cut their own food waste. Then, each week residents receive an email asking them if they have completed their pledge. If they have, they will receive Green Points.

After they have made their first pledge they will be entitled to receive a gift to help them with their food waste reduction as well as the extra Green Points.

Green Points can be spent online in an eShop, which contains more than 1,000 sustainable products, or can be donated to local charities – Tapestry, Tweed Way Hall Community Association, the Havering Music Makers, Saint Francis Hospice, Motorvations, Havering Mind, the Romford Salvation Army, Friends of Cottons Park or the Harold Hill Food Bank.

Every 400 Green Points that residents earn are worth £1 to spend or donate.

Councillor Osman Dervish said: “We are confident the Food Waste Challenge will be well-received by residents.

“Not only will residents be able to save money on their monthly food shop, they will also be able to earn themselves more Green Points with which they can support fantastic local causes in the community or treat themselves.”

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