Corby to host food waste roadshow

Brits throw away an average of 14 per cent of all food.

Brits throw away an average of 14 per cent of all food.

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Corby residents are being invited to attend a food waste roadshow tomorrow (Thursday) where they can sign up for a scheme to win prizes just for putting out food waste caddies.

According to research undertaken by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme - 2012), everyone throws away on average 160kg of edible food and drink a year, equating to an average cost of £470 a year per household and a total of 14 per cent of our food going into our refuse bin.

Residents attending the roadshow in the town centre will be able to pick up a free food caddy and information on how to use it to achieve the biggest benefits.

Food caddies can also be ordered for free via Corby Council’s Street Scene Hotline on 01536 464242 or by visiting the One Stop Shop in the Corby Cube.

If you already have a food caddy then Corby Council is urging you to register on to the ‘I’m in to win’ scheme.

The scheme gives people the chance to win prizes, ranging from free leisure centre passes to experiences and days out as well as vouchers for local shops and restaurants – simply by registering their details and putting out their food waste caddies for collection each week.

Organised by the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership with the support of Northamptonshire County Council’s Waste and Energy Education Team, the scheme will run in four areas of Northamptonshire.

Every month there will be a winning resident from each of the council areas taking part: Corby Council, Daventry Council, East Northamptonshire Council and South Northamptonshire Council.

All people need to do to join in is register their details online at www.feedyourcaddy.co.uk and then make sure they put out their food waste caddy for collection as normal each week.

I’m In to Win is fully funded by a Government grant and runs over the next three years, during which time everyone who registers and regularly presents their food waste caddy for collection has a chance of winning a prize.

Corby Council’s lead member for environment, Cllr Mark Pengelly, said: “We are very keen to get people using their food caddies and reducing food waste as a whole in the borough.

“We hope that residents will come along tomorrow and have a chat with our officers about food waste, how to use their caddy and about the NWP’s ‘In it to win it’ scheme.”