We’ve launched our new Food Waste Challenge!

You breader believe it! The Food Waste challenge is launching and rolling out across three London Boroughs this month – Havering, Kingston and Waltham Forest. Now you might think “that’s a bit munch”, “wheat’s in it for me?”, “I don’t carrot all”, or “I donut want to get involved”, but we think it’s incredibly eggciting and we’re looking forward to seeing some fantastic results in food waste reduction.

But  - puns aside -  food waste is a chronic issue in the UK, with 1 in 3 of us throwing away a banana with a minor bruise or black mark on the skin and households throwing away 40% of the bagged salad they buy every year. WRAP estimates that 4.2 tonnes of perishable food is wasted or lost each year – that’s as much as £700 a family.

Most of this waste stems from our mind-set when it comes to food. While it’s tempting to blame supermarkets, research h
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Sick of Soggy Salad leaves? – We’ve come up with a great alternative

This week it emerged that UK consumers throw away 40% of the bagged salad they buy every year. That is 37,000 tonnes, the equivalent of 178million bags, going uneaten every year. Mind boggling figures.

But really when you think about it – this news is unsurprising. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t lost many a salad bag to a soggy fate at the back of the fridge and ultimately the bin. Many of us have good intentions to eat salad with every meal, but end up wasting it instead.

It turns out there is a simple, delicious solution (that I have tried and tested myself) – make and store a massive salad that will stay fresh and crisp all week long. If you have a busy lifestyle and not much time for cooking, this 10 minute salad preparation will save you money and time preparing meals and make you much more likely to actually eat the salad.

How to make a delicious salad that lasts all week  
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Rubbish Recycling Tips – Were you misinformed by the media this week about what you can and can’t recycle?

 This week, whisky lovers and cleaning fanatics were left questioning their shopping habits, from the news that the elaborate packaging on these products makes them are “a nightmare” to recycle. As well as cleaning spray bottles with a metal spring and whisky bottle packaging, Pringles tubes and Lucozade Sports bottles were singled out by The Recycling Association as “villains” of the recycling world.

This advice, however, was somewhat misleading. As several councils were quick to reply, items such as Lucozade bottles, Whisky bottles and cleaning spray bottles can actually be recycled.

What’s more, we shouldn’t be aiming to demotivate people from engaging in sustainable behaviours. A video on the BBC’s website started with the line: “Did you know… that
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Food Waste is Driving the Nation Bananas

This week we’ve had bananas on the brain, as newspapers published shocking figures on the number of bananas wasted for cosmetic reasons. It was reported that in the UK we throw away 1.4 million perfectly edible bananas every day. Reasons such as bruises and black marks were cited as putting consumers off tucking into the nation’s fourth favourite fruit. This is not only a food waste nightmare, it’s also a costly operation, with £80m worth discarded every year. The scandal has prompted outraged responses across social media and Sainsburys has responded by launching a “banana rescue” station, where it expects to save 1,000 bananas from the trial alone.
What is it about bananas? While many of us are happy to embrace a bruised banana, a third of consumers will discard a banana with a minor bruise or black mark on the skin. But bananas are just as delicious when they are bruised and there are lots of fantastic ways to p
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Is there money in your rubbish?

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – so the saying goes. An article recently published by Money Saving Expert suggests there could be some truth in this. 

Thrifty householders have been making money selling on their household waste, with toilet roll tubes, jam jars and coat hangers proving to be in high demand with those doing arts and crafts. 
If you’re thinking of flogging your rubbish, you’ll need to head to eBay to find your customers. Perfume bottles have been going for the highest price, of up to £8 a pop, while toilet roll and kitchen roll tubes sell for 10-16p per item.
You’d better be prepared to collect your rubbish in bulk though, because it’s bundles of items that are selling. Over a 3 month period, the top rubbish sales on eBay included 492 bundles of coat hangers and 420 bundles of wine corks. Even 36 bundles of mil
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Cut waste by composting

Did you know that 30% of your rubbish bin could be composted instead of thrown away?
Home composting is the process that transforms your food waste and garden waste into a nutrient rich food that will keep your garden blooming year after year. Now that Spring has arrived, it’s the perfect time to get out to the garden and start composting.
Where should I compost?
You can buy a compost bin or create a compost heap in your garden. It will be most effective when placed in a sunny spot on bare, level soil. 
What can I compost?
The key is feeding your composter equal quantities of brown and green materials. 
50% should be 'Browns' - dead and dry materials like twigs, fallen leaves, shredded cardboard or newspaper.
50% should be '
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Community fridges are taking on food waste

London’s first community fridge has arrived!

A community fridge is a public fridge where anyone (people or businesses) can donate spare food and those in need can take it for free, saving edible food from the bin and giving it to the people who need it.
The People's Fridge opened in Pop Brixton in January 2017 and each month 50kg of surplus food has been redistributed from its shelves.
Although the first of its kind in London, we’ve seen another community fridge pop up in the UK and others in Germany, Spain and India. Are these fridges something to get excited about?
Community fridges may not be the answer to eliminating the annual waste of 7.3 million tonnes of food – see UK Households Bin £13 Billion of Food a Year – but they do play an important role in raising awareness of food waste and food poverty in the community. Since launching through a crow
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Communication is key

The Local Green Points team recently attended the annual Warwickshire Waste Partnership Conference where our Managing Director, Graham Simmonds, gave a presentation. His key themes included the work we do to embed positive waste and recycling behaviours, the role of communications and technology in driving success and the Slim Your Bin communications campaign we provide to the County.

The following content comes from a blog by Leanne Trow, who we were joined by at the conference, which first appeared on Credibly Green. Find the full article here.

'Our team of Chartered Professionals have attended a number of events this week all concerning the importance of communication. These included the annual Warwickshire Waste Partnership Conference, the Introduction to Communications in the Waste and Resources Industry event hosted by CIWM (Chartered Institute of Waste Management) and the Environmental Leaders Conference hosted by Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Across all of the
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New On Pack Recycling Labels

On Pack Recycling Labels are there to provide a simple, UK-wide recycling message on retailer and brand packaging to help consumers recycle more products, more often. ORPL is simplifying the design of on-pack labels to make it easier for consumers and retailers to understand.

The new labels will still feature the iconic recycling symbol, but components will only be listed on complex packaging and materials will no longer feature on the labels. Messages have been shortened to 'Check Locally' rather than 'Check Local Recycling' and 'Not Yet Recycled' instead of 'Not Currently Recycled'.

The new design also allows the inclusion of calls to action that are valuable to consumers. 'Rinse', 'Cap On' and 'Remove Sleeve' are among the important messages identified by WRAP.

A recent customer survey found that 7/10 consumers recognise OPRL labels and 2/3 refer to them. The new system is intended to maximise effective recycling.

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Could worms end your food waste?

Food waste makes up to 30% of our rubbish in the UK - even though food waste can actually be recycled! 

If your local council offers food waste collections it's easy to keep food waste out of your rubbish bin. You can usually collect all your unavoidable food waste, such as fruit and vegetable peelings, bones, coffee and tea ground and eggshells in a kitchen caddy before sending this outside on your collection day to be recycled. Make sure you check with your local council to see if you can get your food waste collected and how this process works.
If you’ve got a garden, you can compost your food waste alongside garden waste to produce a free, rich fertiliser for your garden.
For those of you without a garden or food waste collection service, what can you do to prevent your food scraps filling up your rubbish bin? Our team have been trying out another solution.
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