Waste roadshows offer tips to prevent tonnes of Banbury food waste

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Green gurus will be spilling the beans on food waste at a series of events being held across the district next week.

Cherwell District Council is hosting events in Banbury (Monday), Kidlington (Tuesday), and Bicester on Wednesday, to promote the message that good meal planning can help the planet and the purse.

Debbie Pickford NNL-151130-151706001

Debbie Pickford NNL-151130-151706001

Making the most of recycling services will be the team’s other key message, reinforced by a series of promotions. These include free bags for life to help people sort their recycling and tea towels printed with thrifty kitchen tips, free to the first 50 householders who pledge to reduce their waste.

Cllr Debbie Pickford, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said: “These events are a great way to learn more about how reducing the amount of food thrown away.

“In Cherwell we discard over 5,000 tonnes of edible food per year, the equivalent of nine jumbo jets. That’s a waste of money for our residents, putting a strain both on our recycling services, and the planet.

“Our green team will be sharing some brilliant, often surprising tips on how people can make their grocery bills go further, including everything from lemon sauce to pizza toppings.”

Residents are invited to talk to council officers about food waste and the council’s waste and recycling services at the three events, which take place at branches of Sainsbury’s across the district. The events take place from 10am-1pm.