North Yorkshire backs campaign to tackle food waste

This story was published 7 March 2022

Residents are being reminded to reduce the food they throw away in a bid to tackle climate change during Food Waste Action Week (March 7 to 13).

North Yorkshire Rotters hosting a roadshow in Ripon.

The North Yorkshire Rotters are hosting a range of activities and events to share practical advice and tips on how to reduce household food waste. 

They will also be giving out fresh pods that extend the storage life of all fruit and vegetables by up to four times. The pods can be placed in a fridge or fruit bowl to remove the gas given off by produce as it ripens and kill airborne bacteria and spores in the fridge.

Jeff Coates from the North Yorkshire Rotters said: “Getting to grips with freezing and defrosting are big factors in preventing food from going to waste at home. At a time of rising food prices alongside huge public concern about climate change, tackling food waste at home is one way we can all make a difference and save money.

“For the average family with children, the cost of binning food can be more than £700 per year. So, Food Waste Action Week is all about being savvy in how we store and use our food.”

The North Yorkshire Rotters will be attending Knaresborough Market from 9am to 3pm on Wednesday, March 9, where they will be showcasing Nigel Brown's Love Food Hate Waste cookery demonstrations, and Easingwold Market from 9am to 2pm on Friday, March 11. On Saturday, March 12, they will be attending the Cleaner, Greener Cononley event.

County Councillor Derek Bastiman, our Executive Member for Waste Management, said: “We are once again supporting Food Waste Action Week as it is a great way to raise people’s awareness of the huge impact household food waste has on climate change.

“We are really proud of the North Yorkshire Rotters who are also hosting workshops with schools, Cub, Beaver and Scout groups as well as a WI talk; spreading the word to all generations. Last year the pandemic forced us to hold activities online so it’ll be great to return to face-to-face events.”

You can find out more on the Love Food Hate Waste website or our social media channels throughout the week.