Food Waste Action Week 2023

March 3rd, 2023

Save money and the planet with Food Waste Action Week, taking place Monday 6 March – Sunday 12 March.

Every year 4.5 million tonnes of food is thrown away in the UK. This costs households £3.5 billion and has a huge environmental impact – if food waste were a country, it would be the fourth largest carbon emitter in the world.

Food Waste Action Week aims to change this. This year the theme is ‘Win. Don’t Bin.’ and focusses on how using up everything we buy saves money, time and the planet.

Get involved:

‘How to reduce your food waste’ webinar and Q&A

To mark the week, at 12pm on Wednesday 8 March, the university’s waste contractor Enva are hosting an online webinar and Q&A covering:

  • How food contributes to our carbon footprints
  • Why correctly disposing of food ultimately lessens climate change
  • Tips to save money and reduce food waste, from leftover recipes to understanding use-by dates and storing food.

Register now

Too Good To Go

Download To Good to Go to get discounted food that would otherwise go to waste. Several cafes on University Park offer ‘Magic Bags’ of fresh, unsold food for £4 at the end of the day.

For every bag of food rescued through the Too Good to Go app, we are helping save 2.5kg CO2e.

Further resources

  • Read our blogs for more tips on how to reduce food waste both on and off campus.
  • The university’s Sustainability Action Week follows swiftly from 13-17 March with a range of activities and events promoting sustainable living. There’s lots to get involved in including themed talks, litter picks, information on sustainable careers, travel and nature.
  • Our Sustainable Living Guide has a whole section on food. The guide aims to show you easy ways to save money and the planet by adopting more sustainable behaviours.


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