Food experts in mission to get Merseyside residents saving money and eating healthy

Thursday, September 26, 2019

A project to help householders save money while reducing food waste is celebrating a significant funding boost this week.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has received £25,000 from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) Community Fund to run the ‘Let’s Get Saving in Merseyside’ scheme which will see cookery training at community clubs and schools to raise awareness of and to help reduce household food waste. Locally, the project will be delivered by Let’s Get Cooking.

An estimated 140,000 tonnes of food is wasted in Merseyside each year, including a lot of food waste which could still be used. It is this behaviour the project is hoping to change.

The Let’s Get Merseyside Saving clubs will teach participants how to reduce the amount of food wasted, how to plan, shop and cook efficiently, understand food labelling, cook with leftovers, store food correctly and make the most of their freezer. Participants will learn about correct portion sizes, and look at portion control measures to reduce wastage.

Participants will also be encouraged to think about their food packaging waste, teaching participants how to store food correctly to increase shelf life, and to re-use everyday packaging items.

The project manager Suzanne Mitchell from Let’s Get Cooking said: “Learning to cook gives participants control over what they’re eating. By using the Let’s Get Cooking recipes participants will be able to cook low cost, healthy meals from scratch. It’s good for them and it’s good for the environment. The funding is crucial to deliver the project and it’s very apt to make the announcement during Recycle Week 2019!”

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “Food waste is a big issue with significant environmental impact. Analysis shows around a third of a Merseyside household bin is made up of food waste. As well as that householders could save money – by shopping smarter, using a shopping list and buying only what they need a family of four could save up to £70 a month.”

News to editors:

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– The BDA is the only body in the UK representing the whole of the dietetic workforce.
– Recycle Week 2019 (taking place from 23rd to 29th September) is the annual celebration of recycling, delivered nationally by Recycle Now. It is now in its 15th year. The week is being used by Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) to highlight what options people have when it comes to recycling and managing their household waste.

– Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.

– The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund 2019/20 has seen 11 community groups from Merseyside and Halton receive a funding boost to help make the region a cleaner and greener place. The financial support will see the groups help reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.
Members of the media for more information please contact:

John Lally
Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct Dial: 0151 255 2568
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444