Food Waste

The coronavirus pandemic has already led to unforeseen challenges for our city’s food system, and unimagined resourcefulness from communities and organisations across Bristol. Although the bid to make Bristol a Gold Sustainable Food City has been paused as the city focusses on responding to the pandemic, the need for a resilient food community has never been greater. 

With many people stocking up on food so there is less need to go out to buy more, there is a risk that food waste will increase. It has never been so important to ensure that we only buy what we need and eat what we buy. There are many ways to minimise your food waste – check out the tips from Love Food Hate Waste on storageleftover recipes and ‘complEATing’. You can also find tips and resources on the Bristol Food Network site.  

How you can be part of Bristol’s Good Food Response to the coronavirus pandemic: 

  • Visit Bristol Food Network– the website has information and resources on Bristol’s Good Food response, and how you can support it or find help. 
  • Take part in #BristolFoodKind – follow the hashtag to get practical ideas on how to shop, reduce food waste and grow food at home in a way that is considerate to yourself and the wider community. Post your own your ideas and tips using #BristolFoodKind to inspire others .
  • Tell us your stories and follow them on the Going for Gold blog. 
  • You can still sign up to Going for Gold and continue logging actions – see each of the actions below for inspiration. 

What would it take to stop food waste in Bristol?

The average Bristol family wastes £60 of food a month. Across homes in the UK, a staggering 7 million tonnes of food and drink are thrown away every year, most of which is perfectly edible. When we throw away food, it’s not just the food we waste. We are also wasting the water, time, fuel and energy that went into growing, harvesting, storing, transporting and cooking it. In fact, if we all stopped wasting edible food, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.

We most often waste food because we make too much, or simply because we don’t use it in time. This helps explain why the most commonly wasted foods in the UK are fresh (click the links for top tips on how to avoid this waste):

Be part of the movement to stop food waste in Bristol by taking one or more of the food waste actions below, earning a badge for each one. Click each link to discover just some of the simple things you can do to cut food waste and earn a badge. Every step counts, and you can share your progress and your own ideas on social media: post or tweet using the hashtags #goingforgoldbristol and #G4Gfoodwaste. Don’t forget to update your actions in your dashboard as you make progress.

Actions you can take as an Individual

Buy less, choose better; and never shop on an empty stomach

‘Slim Your Waste’ with Bristol Waste Company or get composting at home