AS we throw away a staggering £2 billion worth of fruit, vegetable, and salad each year recycling chiefs are preparing to give away free recipe books this month.
As British Food Fortnight draws to a close the Oxfordshire Waste Partnership (OWP) will continue its Love Food Hate Waste Campaign during a series of events, including one at the Eco Home demonstration house in Garth Park, Bicester.
Paul Mocroft from the partnership runs the campaign and said 20 per cent of food we buy ends up in the bin.
He added: “From salads to summer berries, there are so many great British foods in season at the moment it’s easy to enjoy the best our county has to offer.
“Unfortunately around £2 billion worth of fruit, veg and salad is wasted in the UK each year, but there are many easy ways to avoid this. We’ve got some fantastic recipes and tips which we hope will inspire people to try something new and reduce waste too.”
Cllr David Dodds, OWP chairman said the county does a great job on recycling, but more can be done. He added: “Not only does reducing unnecessary food waste save us all money on our weekly shop, it also cuts the council’s costs by not having to deal with the waste.”
The recycling teas will be at the Eco Home between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday, August 11.