Reduce your waste for a green 2015

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THINK GREEN: By South Holland District Council waste and recycling officer Laura Simpkins

Reducing your waste is easy and one of the best things you can do to become more environmentally friendly. By not producing waste in the first place there is nothing to throw away.

Throughout the UK food waste is an increasing problem. Across the UK it is estimated that 15 million tonnes of food is thrown out each year, with 50% of this coming from households. For example, £1,700,000,000 worth of ready meals are thrown away each year, equating to 490,000 tonnes.

So what can your household do to reduce food waste in your home? Here are some handy freezer tips on what to freeze and why.

Cheese can be frozen in greaseproof paper, plastic wrap or foil for up to 6 months.

It is best if you slightly undercook foods you intend to freeze to allow for cooking when they are reheated. This can help the food taste fresher.

Freeze whole chillis to make sure the pack isn’t wasted.

Trim fat and ensure air tight packaging is used when freezing meat to ensure it doesn’t go rancid.

Freeze your potatoes! Mashed potato freezes well.

Yoghurt can be frozen, and works well as a healthy dessert by freezing into ice lolly moulds.

It is quick and easy to reduce food waste in your black bags. Just a simple way to make your week a little greener.

Please recycle after reading.