Lo­cal Lidl do­ing their bit to tackle food waste

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IAN BUNTING

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

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