Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 8 October 2015

Food waste costs Northern Ireland £480 a year

Published 13/06/2012

Northern Ireland shoppers could save around £480 a year per household, simply by cutting down on the amount of food they waste.

They could save money through better planning when food shopping and better use of food labels.

This year’s Food Safety Week (June 11-17) highlights the importance of good food practice to help people stay safe, save money and reduce food waste.

This can be done by planning ahead, checking ‘use by’ dates and using leftovers.

The Department of the Environment’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign is encouraging shoppers to reduce food waste.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood said: “Food safety and food waste minimisation go hand in hand. There are many ways to use leftover everyday foods in our kitchens safely, to make delicious meals.

“I would encourage everyone to rethink not only their cooking habits but their shopping, storage and meal planning habits as well.”

For more advice on simple ways to reduce food waste, visit

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