Be a food champion: waste less and save more this Christmas

We're calling on residents to sign up to our festive Love Food Hate Waste Challenge and become a food champion during the Christmas period.

Residents who took part in a summer challenge saved an average of nearly £60 a month, with 58 per cent of them reducing their food waste.

One of those participants was Ada Terry, from Grovehill, Hemel Hempstead. She said: “Taking part in the Love Food Hate Waste Challenge was enjoyable and extremely beneficial to my family. The five key behaviours were fundamental in wasting less food and saving money, too. I would recommend this challenge to everyone as we as a family have saved a lot of money because of it."

Every year households in the UK throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink, and we're keen to show residents how to become more food savvy in the kitchen.  Wasting food costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of almost £60 a month.

Portfolio Holder for Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory Services, Councillor Janice Marshall, said: “The two-week Love Food Hate Waste Challenge will provide you with our top tips and behaviours to help you make the most of the food that you buy, reduce the amount you waste, and save money during the festive period. The challenge aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help everyone take action. It shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment.”

The Love Food Hate Waste Challenge will start on Monday 14 November and finish on Sunday 27 November, by which time you will be a food champion. To register, email with your interest by Friday 4 November. You can find out more about the challenge at