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2012/12 - Food and waste

With only a few of us present, we didn't cover a huge range of topics, but here are some of the ideas we came up with


Growing your own food - reduces the amount of fuel needed to transport the food, plus you always know exactly how fresh the food is. See Garden organic for lots of advice about growing vegetables.
The Abundance project helps to harvest fruit (in public spaces and private gardens) that would otherwise go to waste - do you know of any suitable fruit trees / bushes that you could tell them about? Or maybe you could volunteer some time to help them out during the autumn harvest?

Reducing leftovers

If you don't already, you could put any leftover food in the freezer for another day. When you buy food (especially meat with a short shelf life), check the use by date and freeze anything you aren't planning to use before that date.
Make sure you plan your weekly meals before you head out to the shops, that way you know you will use the food you are going to buy.



If you've finished with something, but it still has life left in it, why not see if someone else will take it off your hands (or even buy it from you).
Join the Freegle (formerly Freecycle) mailing list to give away items that would otherwise end up in the bin.
Some items could be sold via eBay or Craigslist (but maybe you want to consider eBay's current UK tax record, before going down that route).
Maybe items could given to a local charity shop; whilst you are there you could check to see if there is anything you could buy (instead of buying it new).
For children's toys & clothes you could sell them at a Nearly New sale.


If it can't be reused, maybe it can be recycled.
Low energy light bulbs can be taken to your nearest household recycling centre (they shouldn't go in general waste) -
Several other websites covering Recycling advice: