School shows how food is wasted

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

PUPILS at an Ash­ford school took part in an ex­per­i­ment to dis­cover how much food is wasted at home. Eighty youngsters from John Wes­ley Pri­mary School, Wes­ley School Road, were asked to record how much food waste is put in the bin, com­posted or even fed to the dog. They were asked to keep a food di­ary dur­ing the Fe­bru­ary halfterm hol­i­day by Kent County Coun­cil as part of the Love Food Hate Waste cam­paign. A third of all the food bought in the UK is thrown away, and the cam­paign aims to change that in Kent. The John Wes­ley School’s ef­fort aimed to raise aware­ness of food waste not just among the chil­dren but among whole fam­i­lies. As a thank-you to the school for tak­ing part, the county coun­cil pre­sented pupils with a chil­dren’s com­post bin do­nated by Re­cy­cle Works and a large com­post bin do­nated by KCC’s waste man­age­ment team. Bev­er­ley Durl­ing, waste projects co-or­di­na­tor for KCC, said: “The di­aries re­ally high­lighted how much food is wasted in a week without the chil­dren or their fam­i­lies even re­al­is­ing. “Record­ing their food waste re­ally en­cour­aged them to re­duce food waste, and to re­alise that there is plenty that can be done with left­overs.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the cam­paign visit www.kent.gov.uk/ love­food­hate­waste

Pic­ture: Martin Apps PD1547332

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