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Chelmsford in top ten food wasters
7:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
A SURVEY has put Chelmsford households into the top ten nationally when it comes to wasting food.
Statistics compiled by the Love Food Hate Waste group and techonolgy firm Samsung showed on average homes in the city waste £627.64 worth of food each month.
This figures puts Chelmsford joint ninth, along with Liverpool, in the league table for most wasteful places in the UK, which was topped by Welsh town Aberystwyth with £884.
The results of the survey surprised staff of the food parcel scheme Chelmsford Foodbank which formed in July 2012.
Project manager Ruth Leverett said despite what the figures suggest, there is a need for a foodbank in the city and donators have been generous since they were established.
“It is surprising to hear that Chelmsford is in the top ten,” she said.
“We are all prone to opening too much food and put it in the fridge and forgetting about it, but it is still a shame that so much is wasted.
“Here at the foodbank we have had so much food come in over the harvest that we have been overwhelmed with people’s generosity.
“If you do have a tin or something like a bag of pasta or rice you think you won’t use, as long as it is in date and not open then we are always happy to add it to our stock to help those in need.”
Staff from Love Food Hate Waste said there are things residents can do to easily preserve food rather than chuck it away.
Emma Marsh, the group’s head, said: “There are simple steps we can all take to cut food waste, such as making better use of our fridges and freezers, so we’re very pleased to be supporting Samsung in helping its customers to waste less food.
“We are looking forward to publishing detailed new figures on just how much UK households are actually throwing away, and what they’re throwing away, next month.”
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