Local Lidl doing their bit to tackle food waste
A Monklands discounter has launched a new scheme to help tackle food waste.
Lidl GB and Love Food Hate Waste Scotland have teamed up as stats show more than a quarter of Lanarkshire residents shop without a list.
The initiative aims to prevent household food waste as figures reveal a sobering 60 million meals being wasted every month across the country .
The retailer is working with Love Food Hate Waste Scotland to launch a series of food waste-free shopping lists that will help locals plan better, save money and fight the climate crisis.
In addition to weekly shopping lists for a family of four, the initiative also includes guidance on food storage and creative ways to use up leftovers.
“Great Taste, No Waste” comes as a YouGov poll reveals 56 per cent of Lanarkshire residents are now feeling more stressed about their food shop since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
By using the lists, it is hoped that families will enjoy stress-free shopping and great tasting meals.
Lidl’s regional director for Scotland, Ross Millar, said: “With almost two thirds of Scots shopping less often than before, the nation has certainly embraced the weekly ‘big shop’.
“By partnering with Love Food Hate Waste Scotland, we are continuing to support the changing needs of Scottish families as they navigate this new world.
“The ‘Great Taste, No Waste’ initiative aims to show Scots how shopping with a list can reduce household food waste, help feed your family delicious meals, and still provide the Lidl promise of fantastic value for money.”
Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, which delivers Love Food Hate Waste Scotland, added: “Food waste is a major contributor to climate change.
“When we waste food, we waste all the resources and care that went into growing, transporting, packaging and cooking it.
“And, if wasted food ends up in landfill, it emits methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is many times more damaging than carbon dioxide.
“Preventing avoidable food waste could save the average Scottish household £437 per year, so there’s a real cost saving to be made.
“The ‘Great Taste, No Waste’ list and meal plan will take the stress out of mealtimes while providing an easy way for families to reduce their own food waste at home.
“Saving perfectly good food from going to waste is something we can all get on board with.”
Helping out Lidl, whose regional distribution centre at Eurocentral is pictured above, want to tackle food waste through their new scheme