A campaign to save residents money and food has been shortlisted for a national award.
The food waste campaign has earned North Herts District Council a place in the finals of the National Recycling Awards in the waste minimisation category.
The campaign was run by the council in an aim to inspire residents in the district to throw out less food, after national statistics showed the average family throws out £50 worth of food a month.
Vaughan Watson, the council’s head of leisure and environmental services, said: “Food waste is a big issue for us, and for council taxpayers in North Herts.
“A third of the average North Herts household’s grey bin contents is food waste, which means 7,000 tonnes of food go to landfill every year. With current landfill charges, this is an annual cost to the NHDC taxpayer of £500,000. Using the brown bin for our food waste can make a big impact on this.
“But it’s not just this money that is literally going to waste. Thinking about what we buy and how we use it can save the average family hundreds of pounds a year.
“Our food waste campaign has been about getting some important messages across to people in an engaging, thought-provoking and cost-effective way. It’s great to see that being recognised in these national awards.”
The campaign included a food waste challenge, with residents encouraged to see how much they could reduce their food waste by; live cookery demonstrations focussing on how to use up leftovers; and a food waste competition with the prize of a day at a cookery school with Michelin starred chef Jean-Christophe Novelli.