Around 600,000 tonnes of household food waste goes to landfill each year, with only a third of adults understanding the link between food waste and climate change.
The Scottish Government’s Food Waste campaign launched again this week with a new message encouraging people to save food, save money and save the planet.
When food waste is not recycled and ends up in landfill, it decomposes and produces methane, a greenhouse gas more harmful than carbon dioxide.
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But if recycled, food waste can be turned into green energy and used to power homes.
More people than ever have planned and better managed their diets in 2020 during the pandemic, with searches for ‘food waste’ by Scots up 89% from last year.
This new campaign aims to show that more action is needed to reduce and recycle food waste to help Scotland reach net zero and stop contributing to climate change.
Lorna Slater, Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, told Lanarkshire Live: “In the current climate emergency, the global problem of food waste cannot be ignored.
“That’s why the Scottish Government is investing in projects to reduce food waste and improve recycling facilities, but we all have a part to play.
“We can all do more to reduce and recycle food waste, reduce emissions and help Scotland on its journey to net zero.”
As part of the campaign, a new practical guide has been created, 22 Food-Saving Wins to inspire and help people take action against food waste in 2022 and beyond.
The guide includes the best tips, information and advice and is available at netzeronation.org.
The national marketing campaign includes activities across television, radio, digital and social media and runs through March 20.
New Save food. To save money. Save the Earth presents quick and easy steps people can take to reduce their food waste and recycle waste they can’t avoid, from banana peels to eggshells.
Not only can Lanarkshire residents help save the earth, each household could also save around £440 a year.
Iain Gulland, Managing Director of Zero Waste Scotland, told us: “Scottish households continue to throw away a staggering amount of food waste, totaling £1.1billion in unnecessary food and drink purchases each year.
“We can all play our part by making simple, lasting changes – such as planning meals, storing food correctly, checking ingredients in cupboards before going to the stores, and being inventive with leftovers.
“Getting food on our plates is a resource-intensive process. So when the food is thrown away, all the raw materials are also wasted.
“We can have a huge positive impact on the climate by preventing perfectly edible food from going to waste.”
For tips on saving food, saving money, saving the earth, go to netzeronation.scot
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