The winner of Dacorum Borough Council’s Love Food, Hate Waste Challenge aimed at reducing food waste has been announced.
Towards the end of last year, the council launched the competition which this year focussed on how food waste contributes to climate change.
UK households alone are responsible for 70 per cent of food waste in the UK, amounting to 4.5million tonnes of edible food.
A big part of the challenge was focused on highlighting key behaviours that can help reduce food waste in the daily routine.
More than half of the participants surveyed found that after completing the challenge they now check what food needs to be used up before cooking and shopping, as well as freezing their food instead of throwing it away.
Participants that completed both a before and after challenge survey were entered into a prize draw and the winner, Emma Jenkins, along with her husband Dave and son Austin, received a new blender.
Upon winning the prize, Emma said that her family found the challenge eye opening and they are now more aware of what they are buying, eating and wasting.
She said: “We found the Love Food, Hate Waste challenge eye opening.
“It has really made us as a family more conscious of what we are buying, eating and wasting. By participating in this challenge we have saved money, been educated – not only on how to minimise our food waste but the importance of disposing of it correctly, and we have reduced the amount of food being thrown away. Brilliant!”
To find out more on reducing food waste go to lovefoodhatewaste.com