Published On: Mon, Aug 25th, 2014 on 3:02 pm

Average household in Leeds wastes 104kg food per year

Wasting Food

The average household in Leeds wastes a 104kg of food per year, the same as a new born baby elephant.

Revealed by Leeds City Council, studies even show that 50% of food that goes in the bin has never been opened.

Hence, local residents are being urged to “do just one thing differently” and help change a habit to become more conscious of the way they deal with food.

Leeds is just one of 10 across the whole UK chosen to focus on fighting food waste in 2014-16 through a campaign named Love Food Hate Waste.

The local council has already teamed up with supermarket giant Asda to help change people’s attitudes, so expert chefs will be serving up fruit and vegetable smoothies inside the ‘Liquid Green Machine’ on 28 August from 10am until 3.30pm at Briggate, Leeds.

All the food used by the chefs will be prepared from ingredients commonly wasted every day in homes across Leeds.

Cllr Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “By making just small changes in your everyday routines you can save yourself money and help the environment.

“Come along on the day and see what you could create from the stuff you’d probably just be throwing in the bin. It could be the small change you make that makes a big difference to the environment.”

By reducing food waste, it is believed that each home could save as much as £200 a year.

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