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Waste not, want not
Wednesday 13th March, 2013

Waste not, want not
St Wilfred's school children with mascots and Wigan Council waste education officer, Ellen Belshaw.

Pupils across Wigan schools are being encouraged to cut down their waste at lunch time.

This week, primary schools across the borough are taking part in EDF Energy’s ‘Waste Awareness Week,’ (11th – 15th March) where pupils are learning how to cut waste out of school lunches.

Helping to spread the word, Wigan Council officers are visiting 11 schools giving pupils handy tips such as swapping food bags for a lunchbox and plastic bottles for a flask, while mascots Waste Warrior and Scoop have been showing them how to pack a 'waste friendly' lunch box.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said:

“Research shows that families throw away around £50 worth of food each month. By planning their weekly meals, residents can save money by buying just the ingredients they need, whilst protecting the environment by reducing food waste.”

Councillor Susan Loudon, Wigan Council's cabinet member for children and young people, added:

"It's wonderful to see so many schools supporting these initiatives; teaching children about the environment is important. As the world changes so should the curriculum to ensure that everyone is informed about the issues which affect them and the choices they have to do something about it."

Leftover food should be placed in residents’ food caddy or green bin. A list of the food waste you can recycle can be found at: www.wigan.gov.uk/recycling

For tasty leftover recipe ideas visit: www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

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