Bedford council urges people to green this Christmas, especially when it comes to food

Minimising what we waste is a great way to save a little money, says councillor

Bedford Borough Council is hoping people will think about the environment over the festive season - and only buy what they intend to eat.

According to Love Food, Hate Waste UK households throw away 4.5million tonnes of edible food every year- that could fill 38million wheelie bins, or 90 Albert Halls.

So, coming up to Christmas, the council is urging everyone to support the Love Food, Hate Waste campaign to help people spend a little less, waste less, and help do their bit for the planet:

Plan your shopping and get more for your money – just buy what you are likely to eat, says the council

*Plan your shopping and get more for your money – just buy what you are likely to eat

*Make your food last longer – love your freezer, check your use by dates and the temperature of your fridge

*Get more from your shopping, use more of what you buy – make the food you buy go further by using your leftovers

*Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for more helpful advice

The council is also reminding people to check when their bins will be collected over the festive period here

Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for environment, said: “Everyone could use a little spare cash in the run up to Christmas, and minimising what we waste is a great way to save a little money and help the environment at the same time.

“Visit Love Food, Hate Waste for some great advice on how to be food savvy over Christmas, and all through the year.

“As usual, our bin crews have a much-deserved bank holiday break on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day so bin collections will be a little delayed over the festive period. It’s really easy to check when your bin collections will be and download a calendar for the year."