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Kirkintilloch families get a ‘pizza’ the action at Love Food Hate Waste cookery classes

Families in Kirkintilloch set about tackling food waste last week by cooking pizzas for a pound from household leftovers. Cookery classes organised by Zero Waste Scotland’s local volunteer group in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council showed families in the area how to make great meals from leftovers and food that is nearing its use-by date.

21 Aug 14

The classes were a hit with adults and youngsters alike, with 9 adults and a further 10 children taking part in the class.  The session focused on using up veg to make pizza toppings, and also showed how to turn over-ripe bananas into an amazing banana loaf.

The initiative is part of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, delivered in Scotland by Zero Waste Scotland, which is successfully helping people to cut their food waste. The campaign has its own co-ordinator Graham Branscome working exclusively in East Dunbartonshire, helping to tackle food waste as widely as possible in the local community. The campaign highlights ways for families to save up to £470 a year by wasting less food, through simple steps such as planning meals carefully, checking cupboards before a big shop, checking date labels to use food while its fresh, being creative with leftovers and freezing things for later.

Ylva Haglund, who manages the campaign at Zero Waste Scotland, said, “It’s amazing to see families getting involved in these classes to make the most out of the food they buy. Food prices are hitting families hard, and so making food go further by using up some tired veg as a pizza topping is a great way to use up food that’s heading past its best.

"The Love Food Hate Waste website has hundreds of tips and recipes like this that can help people to make food go further.”

Local mum June Wallace attended the workshop with her two daughters and said: "Me and the girls loved it. When they got home they wanted to do some more cooking, so we have already had a go at making some pitta bread pizzas at home."

Councillor Ashay Ghai, depute leader of East Dunbartonshire Council and convenor of Neighbourhood Services, said, "Food waste is a major issue and Scottish households throw away 566,000 tonnes of food waste every year, the majority of which could have been eaten.

"It costs households hundreds of pounds a year and is bad for the environment too. This initiative is a fun way of encouraging all households to look at different ways of reducing food waste and will help less of it head to landfill."

For great recipes and tips for reducing food waste, guides on portion control and meal planners, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

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