Food Waste

Bristol has secured its place as a Gold Sustainable Food City – an incredible achievement that we can all be proud of. But there is still so much more to be done as we recover from the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, and as we look ahead to 2030 and the future of food in our city. The need for a resilient, active and collaborative food community has never been greater.

You can continue to explore the original Bristol Going for Gold themes, and register and log your actions, knowing that every action you take will continue to transform food in our city.

We also invite you to take a look at the Bristol Bites Back Better actions, and to share how you are helping Bristol to #BiteBackBetter from the pandemic on social media.

Finally, we’d love to hear from you and your community about the changes you’d like to see for food in Bristol by 2030, helping to shape the future of food in Bristol for the next decade – Join the Conversation here.

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

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