Reduce food waste this Christmas

Reduce food waste this Christmas

South Africa – Tuesday, December 19, 2023

With the holiday season often being a time of abundance and indulgence, the City of Cape Town has urged residents to join in the effort to reduce food waste during the upcoming Christmas celebrations .

Member of Mayoral Committee for Urban Waste Management, Grant Twigg, warned that food waste is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and exacerbates the effects of climate change .

“When food is wasted, not only are valuable resources such as water, energy and land wasted, but when leftovers and scraps end up in landfill, they produce a potent greenhouse gas that can accelerate climate change .

“The city encourages residents to practice careful planning when it comes to their holiday meals .

Smart shopping and thoughtful meal preparation can help avoid overstocking and excess consumption,” Twigg said .

Tips to reduce food waste during the holiday season:• Plan meals and shopping lists: Plan your meals in advance and create a detailed shopping list .

This way, you can avoid overbuying and ensure you only purchase what you need .

• Buy locally and seasonally: Support local farmers and reduce the carbon footprint associated with long-distance transportation by choosing locally-grown and seasonal produce .

• Proper storage: Store food correctly to extend its shelf life .

Ensure refrigerated items are kept at the appropriate temperature and use the first-in, first-out method when organising your pantry .

• Be mindful of your fridge/freezer capacity, when stocking up on fresh fruit and vegetables, to minimise unnecessary spoiling of unused vegetables,  • Portion control: Be mindful of how much food you cook and serve .

Start with smaller portions and allow guests to serve themselves second helpings if desired .

This will minimise leftovers and reduce waste .

• Be creative with re-using leftover food: There are options to make leftovers into new and exciting dishes to enjoy, rather than just throwing them out .

• Composting: Consider composting at home .

Composting food scraps not only reduces landfill waste but also creates nutrient-rich compost that can be used to nourish plants and gardens .

Twigg reminded businesses to come up with alternative plans to landfill, when disposing of organic waste .

Since the adoption of the amended Integrated Waste Management By-Law in 2009, every business in Cape Town has been required to develop integrated waste management plans (IWMP) to cover all aspects of waste management .

– SAnews .

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