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. HomeDo somethingTop tipsRecipesBlogIdeas bankCollaborate Recycling in the UK - a postcode lottery Confusion is the message I constantly hear about waste reduction and recycling in the UK. Across the country we are faced with a mass of different recycling facilities and a plethora of messages about what can be recycled in each locality. It is little wonder that in England overall recycling rates have become stuck, there are massive local variations and food is still being wasted. There is a way out of this postcode lottery. Wales and Scotland are demonstrating that with strong national leadership rates can rise and consistency can be achieved. In the run up to the party conferences, the charity Hubbub in partnership with Unilever is seeking your expert opinion about what role the UK government could be playing to help consumers stop waste - particularly food waste - being landfilled. Do you think the government needs to do more or can it take a hands-off approach and let the market sort things? Should the commitment to localism be put to one side in order to create national consistency in recycling messaging and facilities? Should they Government provide clarification around confusing use-by date labels on food? Is there a need to ensure children learn kitchen skills to cut food waste? Should more be done centrally to promote the waste hierarchy? It would be fantastic to hear what you think - tell us here. We will use your input to create a food waste manifesto that will be taken to the Conservative and Labour Party Conferences at fringe events. We are undertaking polling to get the public’s opinion on the role Government might consider following. At this stage we are seeking your input as an expert in the sector rather than as a company representative and your views will not be made public. If you participate we will share with you the draft manifesto so that you can help us refine the message it contains. It may be that at this stage your company might want to add their name to the manifesto if it agrees with the statements it contains – that is obviously entirely your decision.