Think Global, Act Local
Think Global, Act Local
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption (approx 1.3 billion tonnes) gets wasted or lost every year. It is estimated that this will rise by a third by 2030 to a staggering 2.1bn tonnes, equivalent to 66 tonnes per second.
Source: FAO, 2019
UK households produce around 7 million tonnes of food waste each year, of which 5 million tonnes is ‘still edible’.
Source: DEFRA, 2018
In 2015, a composition analysis of the purple bin (landfill) showed each household is throwing away approximately 3.12kg of recyclable material each week. The largest proportion of this is food waste which equates to 21% of the average purple bin.
Source: NHDC 2015
Be a #foodrescue hero
Practice the 6Rs
Say no to any single-use plastics and packaging. Say no to disposables and anything which will end up in landfill. Refuse to use or purchase anything with no shelf life or multi-use function. Refusing will lessen the demand for such items.
Reduce the quantity of products and food you buy. Question whether you really need it all, and whether the ‘2-for-1’ deal or ‘40% extra free’ is necessary? Are you going to consume it? Are you going to waste it and chuck it?
Eat your leftovers! Cook up a different meal with last night’s leftovers and enjoy eating something new. Otherwise, cook only the correct portion at the time. Use tupperware boxes to go food shopping and always take your reusable bags!
If it can be recycled, always recycle it correctly. Check the labels and ensure no contamination is present such as food residue. Always look for the recyclable alternative and shop consciously.
Everything else should be compostable. All food peelings for instance can be put straight into a compost or your food caddy bin which is turned into fertiliser for local farmland. Composted waste is then reused in your garden.
Rescue existing and perfectly good foods and other non-compostable waste items destined for landfill. Reinvent rescued products into new meals and dishes, and freeze suitable items for longer end life.
By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish
Food waste amounts to a major squandering of resources – water, land, energy and capital – and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change.
There are 510 landfill sites in the UK, all of which were previously inhabited by native flora and fauna.
The demand for higher yields of crops in the UK has left very little ecological value on our farmlands. Yet, crops are often thrown away on the premises due to their visual appearance.
Urgent action is required at a local and individual level
until we face a climate change catastrophe
You can #rescuefood
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Hitchin SG5 1HP
10am – 1pm
How it works
Everything at the Hitchin Food Rescue Hub is offered on a Pay-As-You-Feel (PAYF) basis. PAYF is about you offering a contribution. You pay as much as you feel your drink, snack, meal or bag of shopping is worth, or what you can afford.
Your donations are needed to keep this project alive, whilst supporting local causes.
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