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Published 11 December 2019

The festive season is a time to celebrate with family and friends, which often means lots of food. This can lead to a lot of waste.

With a bit of thought and creativity you can reduce your environmental impact.

Our tops tips to reduce Christmas waste

Make a list 
Before heading to the shops, check what’s in your pantry. Plan your meals based on the number of people coming and write a shopping list. Try to resist enticing supermarket food displays and buying excess food “just in case”. 

Check it twice
When buying perishable items, such as meat and dairy, check the use-by or best-before dates so it's still fresh when you plan to eat it. 

Don’t let your leftovers go to waste
Once your meal is over, use airtight containers to keep things fresh. Place them front and centre in your fridge. Leftovers can make great meals or picnic snacks and can save you having to buy more food over the Christmas break. Many foods can be frozen. If you’re unlikely to eat them over the following days, put them in the freezer, making a mental note to enjoy them later.

Avoid disposables 
Serve meals on real plates and drinks in real glassware. Use real cutlery and cloth napkins. But if you don’t fancy washing up, opt for compostable items. These can go straight into your green organics bin - even with food still on them.

Compost food waste
Dispose of unavoidable food waste and food scraps in your green organics bin, compost bin or worm farm.

Learn more about waste and recycling

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