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Aug 08 2012

Prizes Galore for Waste Reduction Winner

An environment conscious resident who pledged to reduce the amount of household waste over the past year has received a prestigious award.

Colette McDonagh from Sudbury Hill was awarded the prize after being entered into a draw last year, by pledging to reduce the amount of food waste she bins. Colette made a big effort to reduce the amount of food waste her house produced by measuring food amounts for meals, freezing and reusing leftovers, and making compost. She also started taking more regular trips to the supermarket but buying less rather than doing one big shop and buying food which may have gone off or gone to landfill.

Colette was presented with her prizes, including a cookbook, some weighing scales, and a cool box, yesterday (Monday 6th August) by Councillor Phillip O’Dell at the Civic Centre. She said: “I’m so happy I won! I decided to make the pledge at the Roxeth Show. There was somebody on a stall who was really helpful and showed me loads of different ways to reduce waste which I’ve put into practice ever since. I’ve noticed that it has also helped me save money, as well as helping the environment, as I’m only buying what I’m using, so it’s definitely been worth it!”

Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten. Wasting this food costs the average household £480 a year, rising to £680 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £50 a month.

Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Safety, Councillor Phillip O’Dell, said: “I would like to congratulate Colette on her fantastic green achievement, and I hope other Harrow residents will follow in her footsteps and reduce their household waste too. Harrow residents are doing tremendously well at recycling – our rates are among the highest of all London Councils but reducing waste will ultimately have a huge impact on landfill costs.”

For more information and helpful tips on how to reduce your own household waste, visit http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

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