88% of people who use up their food leftovers save money

Save money and the planet

This autumn, the Surrey Environment Partnership (SEP) is urging you to reduce your food waste and save yourself some money. With the cost of living crisis squeezing household budgets, there's never been a better time to learn how to reduce your food waste.

Research by Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) showed that 88% of people who used up leftovers said it saved them money.

SEP's Own Your Impact campaign will be providing reminders that even the smallest changes, such as planning meals, understanding dates on food, freezing leftovers can make a big difference. If you want to take action and save money, visit the Surrey Environment Partnership website for advice on meal planning, using up leftovers and more.

Here are some of the ways you can reduce food waste and save money:

  • Plan shops and meals in advance – try using an app to help make sure you only buy what you need.
  • Store your food right – keep your food fresher for longer by finding out the best ways to store it.
  • Know your portions – avoid cooking too much by measuring out the correct serving sizes.
  • Save leftovers - take leftovers to work the next day for lunch or freeze them for another time
  • Donate unwanted food to foodbanks - doing a kitchen clear out? Donate the food you no longer need to your local food bank

SEP Chair Cllr Marisa Heath, said: "Few of us have avoided the impact of the cost of living crisis and reducing how much food we waste can really help. Wasting food is bad for our bank balances and the environment. So I hope this campaign, helps residents to make better choices for themselves and the planet".

For more information visit their food waste reduction web page.

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