Waste-reduction event in Southall Oct. 16, with film, tips, discussion and more

Ealing Council and HelpLink are screening a short animated film, The Story of Stuff, this Thursday evening, 16 October, at the Dominion Centre in Southall.

The film, which is suitable for all ages, takes a light approach to showing how to generate less waste and save money.

In addition to the film there will be upcycling demos, discussion, free food and drink, opportunities to engage with local councillors, and more.

The event is free and takes place at the Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall UB2 4BQ. Doors open at 7.30pm.

You can learn more by visiting: http://www.southalltransition.org /events

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Tesco vows to act after study confirms huge food waste

Britain’s shameful waste of food has been confirmed by a new study that shows more than two-thirds of produce grown for bagged salads, just under half of bakery goods and four out of 10 of apples are thrown away.

Tesco, working in conjunction with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), calculated the food waste “footprint” for 25 of the supermarket’s best-selling products – looking at what was wasted both inside its supermarkets and in the homes of its customers.

The retail giant admitted that 28,500 tonnes of food waste were generated in its stores and distribution centres in the first six months of this year.

It also estimated that uneaten food costs families about £700 a year.

Read the full story at the Independent.

The food gadgets that could save you money

The statistics are pretty alarming: UK households throw away more than 7m tonnes of food a year, more than 60% of which could have been eaten – including about 17bn “five-a-day” portions. That is according to Wrap, the government-funded waste reduction organisation, which estimates the average family wastes nearly £700 a year throwing out unused food.

“A staggering amount of food is bought and then thrown in the bin,” says Emma Marsh, who heads Wrap’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign. “Most of the time it is because people prepare too much food when they cook, or when they buy food they often let it go off, untouched or half-opened.”

Read the full article at The Guardian

Love Christmas Hate Waste

West London Waste  are looking for individuals, couples and families to challenge themselves to Love Christmas and Hate Waste this festive season.

For 10 weeks, throughout the preparation, festivities and recovery WLWA will be with you every step of the way to help you to avoid waste of things, effort and money.  Each week you will be provided with ideas, tips and support to help you get the most from your time, money and the holidays with little or no increase in the amount of rubbish that goes in your bin. Continue reading

‘The optimum handling of 1 Tonne of Waste’

The London Borough of Richmond in association with Inovenergy and The Resource Forum invite you to

‘The optimum handling of 1 Tonne of Waste’

A free Debate & Networking Event on Tuesday 10th July from 10:00 to 11:30 at The Salon, York House next to 44 York Street, Twickenham TW1 3BZ

The Inovenergy 1 Tonne Roadshow is a series of focused, practical, networking events and presentations by leading experts designed to draw out and resolve key issues relevant to practitioners in all sectors working to deliver London’s waste infrastructure and services.

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Plastic: Where do you think it goes?

Greener Upon Thames presents the UK film preview of Plastic Shores, Monday 26th March, 7:30pm at Oliver’s Wholefood Store, 5 Station Approach, Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3QB

with Roz Savage – National Geographic Adventurer of the Year
Ed Scott-Clarke – Producer and Director, Plastic Shores.

An evening of film, Q&A, light refreshments and exclusive shopping in Oliver’s award-winning organic store. Come and meet the Greener team and hear about the local and national campaign to reduce disposable plastic bags.

Limited places so please RSVP to info@greeneruponthames.org and visit Greener Upon Thames on facebook

Sainsbury’s customers can chill out over freezing food

Sainsbury’s is removing advice to freeze food “on day of purchase” from its labels and informing customers it can be done up until the use-by date.

The UK’s third-largest supermarket chain believes 800,000 tonnes of food a year could be saved from the bin.

The move, in conjunction with the Waste & Resources Action Programme (Wrap), was welcomed by the government as “good news for hard-pressed family budgets”.

Read the full story on the BBC website.