Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


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Love Food Hate Waste Campaign

Throughout the last five or so wintery months we’ve been cooking up storms to raise awareness of just how much food is wasted in the UK and what we can all do to help reduce it.

If you can visualise the Wembley Stadium and just how big it is, then you might start to visualise how big an issue food waste really is. Every year, UK residents throw away enough food to fill the Wembley Stadium about seven times. Seven times. That’s a lot.

Student's at Goldsmith's University learn new cooking skills.

Student’s at Goldsmith’s University learn new cooking skills.

When we received funding from Recycle for London, Lewisham Council set out to reach as many of its residents in a practical and fun way, teaching them simple every day steps in how to reduce food waste.

All in all we attended the Fresher’s Fayre event at GoldsmithsUniversity where we also held 9 of the 14 cooking classes that we put on. These cooking classes helped students gain more confidence with cooking, especially when using up left-over food and helped them understand how to store food so that it’d last many days longer. Other classes were held throughout the community too.

A hive of activity as everyone get's stuck into some serious cooking.

A hive of activity as the students get stuck into some serious cooking.

Here’s some feedback from the students…

“…it’s so easy to make pizza dough from scratch and so good for using up left over veg or anything…”

“…I learnt that there’s no need to peel vegetables, just wash them well and that you can use the outside leaves of cauliflower and even the stem!…”

“…I didn’t know there were so many uses for black bananas – and I learnt that my freezer is my friend!…”

We also held 3 public cooking demonstrations at Deptford and Brockley markets and at the Tesco Superstore in Lewisham where people passing by were able to taste some yummy dishes and get some great food saving tips. On top of all this we also attended several primary schools to present the idea of loving food and hating waste within their classes.

Tesco customers get a sample of free food and learn some LFHW cooking tips as well.

Tesco customers get a sample of free food and learn some LFHW cooking tips as well.

If you were one of the 700 people involved in either our classes, workshops, demonstrations and information stalls, THANK YOU for joining us and we hope we’ll see you next time as we had a great time doing running the campaign too!


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Freshers Fayre at Goldsmiths University

For the last couple of years, the recycling team at Lewisham Council have been running a stall at Goldsmith’s University Fresher’s Fayre so that they can speak to all the new students about the recycling services that we offer. Students that are new to the area probably won’t be aware of what can be recycled and how they go about it, so this is our opportunity to speak to them directly and give away as much information as possible.

Some of the designs of the bins

 Along with recycling information, we also speak to students about the Love Food Hate Waste campaign (LFHW). This is a good opportunity for students to pick up some tips on freezing food correctly, how to shop better, how to avoid wasting food and to take away some of easy to cook recipes which they may find useful in their first year away from home. We also point them in the direction of the very useful LFHW website http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com As well as the recipe cards that we give away, we also hand out practical things to help in the kitchen such as rice and spaghetti measures. These help to ensure that you only cook what you need and therefore aren’t wasting any food.

Lots of the bins were given a make over

Whilst at the Freshers Fayre this year, we were approached by a student Calum Hall at the university who wanted to bring our attention to the project he was involved in. This involved the decorating and personalising of bins within the university. In an email which he sent later after the freshers fayre, Calum said,

 ‘On Thursday 27th September “Pimp my Recycle Bin” transformed Goldsmiths square into a gallery for the work of budding artists. Teams of artists were asked by Red Bull to get as creative as possible with the University’s new recycling bins. The idea behind it was that their creativity will inspire others to recycle in future, by making the bins more vibrant and attractive to use. The project bought together creative’s from all courses to play their part in helping the environment. Keep an eye out for the bins dotted around campus’.’

 He also sent the above and below photos to show the sort of designs and decorations that other students had done to the bins.

The colours being used were very vibrant.


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Freshers Love Food and Hate Waste

 

The Environment and Community Development (ECD) Team recently visited Goldsmiths University to promote the Love Food Hate Waste campaign at the Freshers Fayre.

The event was over two days and was held in a large marquee just off Laurie Grove where hundreds of new students were in attendance. The ECD team occupied a table amongst the many clubs and societies and spoke to well over 400 students.

 Communicating the Love Food Hate Waste message at the freshers fayre was a great promotional opportunity for the Council and also a great opportunity for the students to learn more about how to prolong the life of food and shop wisely right at the beginning of their time at university.

 Amongst some of the hints and tips being given to the new students were things like extending the life of lettuce by washing and draining it, wrapping it in paper towel and then storing it in a plastic bag in the fridge. This will extend the life of a lettuce for an extra to 4 to 5 days. We also told them that if eggs were at their use by date and they were going away, then why not crack them into an airtight container and freeze them until they return and use them for scrambled eggs or in a recipe.

 Lots of recipes were also given away that gave suggestions on what to do with leftovers from meals as well as spaghetti measurers and measuring spoons so that people would use the exact ingredients when cooking. This way they wouldn’t need to make extra trips to the shops for more ingredients and spend more of their budget when they didn’t need to.

 All the giveaways and tips were well received by the students who could see the real value in shopping sensibly and planning meals in advance as well as making greater use of the freezer to ensure that food lasted much longer.

 One key tip that we gave out to the students was to visit the following website http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/ as this is a valuable resource for saving money and time, finding out information on storing food correctly as well as being packed with lots of easy and simple recipes for nutritious dishes.