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Starting in the USA in 2017, Stop Food Waste Day is now recognised all over the world and this year, it’s taking place on Wednesday 26 April.

The facts

According to The Felix Project, a London-based food redistribution charity, the UK wastes almost 10 million tonnes of food every year.

As well as having environmental benefits, reducing food wastage can save you money too, with the Eco Experts saying that UK households throw away £13.8 billion of food that is still edible. That’s equal to £491 per year for each home in the UK!

What you can do

  • Plan meals ahead of time – this gives you the best chance of not wasting anything.
  • Make use of every edible part of the ingredient – repurpose useable food that you may ordinarily throw away.
  • Donate any surplus to your local community – discover local charities or food banks in your area.
  • Inspire others to do the same.

Always remember, we’re here to help!

If you’re struggling financially and worried about the cost of food, visit the food page of BudgetSmart – our free online tool. It has tips for making the most of your money and helps you to stretch it as far as possible.

You can also utilise resources such as Too Good To Go, an app that allows you to purchase food that would ordinarily be going to waste, at a reduced price.

If you need any support with your debts, call us for free on 0800 316 1833 – we’re open from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 3pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, you can visit our website to speak with us via live chat or for more information.