Save food, money and the planet

A person putting their food scraps in a recycling bin

Small changes can make a big difference

Feeling the pinch of the cost-of-living crisis? If you're looking for savings, then why not start in the kitchen. It's estimated that a staggering one in five bags of food shopping goes to waste each week. Across Surrey that adds up to a substantial amount of food and money that is going to waste every day.

As the amount of food that is thrown away continues to grow, it's important to think about the impact this is having on our planet.

Top tips

Whether it's popping your apples in the fridge to make them last longer or using your favourite mug to measure out one serving of pasta, you can save yourself money and help the planet with our top tips:

  • 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

Surrey Environment Partnership Chairman Neil Dallen said: "Reducing food waste isn't only good for the planet but can save Surrey residents money too. Simple changes to daily habits such as planning your shops, storing food right and measuring out the correct portions can cut a family of four's food bill by up to seventy pounds a month".

To discover more tips and leftover recipes, visit the Surrey Environment Partnership web page.

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