Belper pupils taught to hate waste as part of council campaign

Pupils at Belper School are getting creative in the kitchen next week as part of a Love Food Hate Waste campaign.

Under the guidance of a trained chef, students will set about making a tasty pizza from leftovers and find out how to avoid wasting food.

Pupils will also learn how better storage, a greater understanding of ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates and using leftovers can all help reduce the 139,000 tonnes of food thrown away in Derby and Derbyshire every year – enough to fill 56 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Each child will be given a set of Love Food Hate Waste recipe cards and a spaghetti measurer to take home on October 2.

The scheme is being run by Derbyshire County Council, in conjunction with Derby City Council.

Councillor John Allsop, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for Technology and Recycling, said: “Around 30 per cent of waste that Derbyshire residents send to landfill is food waste.

“By being a bit smarter in the kitchen, the average household can shave around £50 a month from their shopping bill.”

Councillor Ranjit Banwait, Derby City Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride, added: “We need to drastically reduce the amount of rubbish we send to landfill. “