FoodMaking food go further Food is a popular way many of us socialise and we spend a good amount of time and money on it. Yet 15 million tonnes of food and drink is thrown away every year. That's the same weight as 2 million double decker buses. Half of this is from our homes alone, costing £470 per household per year. You can help stop edible food from ending up in the bin. Tuck into the feast of events, blogs and recipes here and see how easy it is to make the most of your food, and save some money. 3 things you can do today Plan ahead. Take a moment to think about the week ahead - when will you be eating at home? Try and plan a couple of meals ahead, make a list of what you need to buy and only buy what you need. Freeze it. If you cook too much or forget to eat something near its use by date, chances are you can freeze it and eat it later. Eat your leftovers. If you cook too much or can't finish a meal, pack it for lunch. Even if you're eating out, ask for a doggy bag. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. Home Do something Top tips Recipes Blog Ideas bank Collaborate Creating consensus on cutting food waste In partnership with Unilever, we have been seeking views on what government could do to help households cut food waste. We surveyed over 200 food businesses and conducted public polling with 2,000 people. Results were taken to the Conservative and Labour Party conferences at fringe meetings. What businesses think The overwhelming message from business was that cutting food waste requires change in the entire food system and that the burden of responsibility cannot be placed exclusively in the hands of citizens. Government needs to step up to the plate and play an active role in creating a ‘social contract’ between government, business and households building a coherent approach to reducing food waste. Strong national messaging is required making it crystal clear that avoiding food waste in the first instance has to be the priority ahead of responsible disposal. There was widespread agreement that we need a consistent nationwide food waste infrastructure that supports all households with the collection of food waste. There was agreement that more needs to be done to create an informed, educated and engaged public. Government should back national campaigns such as Love Food Hate Waste and integrate food waste prevention into the cooking and nutrition school curriculum. What people think Our public polling discovered that the public broadly supports the views of businesses. A strong majority (84%) believe that access to recycling facilities should be the same across the whole country, 67% think ways to reduce waste should be added to the national curriculum and more than half (57%) said they would recycle more if there was a consistent national communications campaign. How did Government respond? The results of the consultations provoked a lively debate at the Conservative fringe meeting. Minister Rory Stewart acknowledged that the existing recycling system is too complicated, overly expensive and in need of simplification. He committed to providing support to ‘get this sorted’ over the next five years, but stressed that change needs to be driven by a wide collaboration of organisations all aiming for the same end point of a simpler more robust recycling infrastructure. Hubbub and Unilever are highly encouraged by the Minister’s response and are currently discussing how best to respond to the challenge he set.