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Zero Waste Scotland gives schools the tools to tackle food waste

School pupils in Scotland could now be set to learn practical lessons on how to cut down food waste, thanks to the launch of a first-of-its-kind education pack.

4 Oct 17

Thousands of teachers, pupils and education managers across Scotland now have access to the new Love Food Hate Waste Education Pack, previewed by Zero Waste Scotland at the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow and officially launched today (Friday 29 September) with help from children at Knightswood Primary School (pictured).

The new resources represent the first time practical materials on how to reduce food waste have been tailored for the Curriculum for Excellence. They aim to inspire the next generation of learners to adopt more sustainable behaviours towards the food they eat, buy and grow – and enable transformative, co-ordinated action on food waste in Scotland’s schools.

Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, said:

“Preventing food waste is one of the simplest things we can do to tackle climate change – an important thing to emphasise during Climate Week. Scotland is internationally recognised for the quality of the food and drink we produce and we’re working hard to reflect that inherent value in food by minimising the amount we waste – including through our 33% food waste reduction target by 2025.

“Giving Scotland’s children an understanding of food, how it is produced and how to use it up, will inspire real behaviour change for years to come and enhance Scotland’s already strong reputation for world-leading circular economy action.”

Tackling food waste is recognised as one of the foremost challenges to Scotland’s circular economy and climate change ambitions, with 1.35million tonnes of food and drink wasted in Scotland in 2013. Of that figure, around 22,000 tonnes came from the education sector¹.

The Love Food Hate Waste Education Pack has been developed by Zero Waste Scotland, with support from Education Scotland, a range of food education partners, and pilot schools. It builds on existing good work schools in Scotland are doing – such as working towards the Global Goals on food waste, co-ordinated by the United Nations.

Meanwhile, action to reduce food waste is happening across all sectors. Scotland has seen a 6% decrease in household food waste since 2009 – representing a £92million saving to household budgets. Dedicated advice, support and funding for small businesses to help them reduce their food waste and associated costs is also available from Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“The amount of food needlessly wasted in Scotland is overwhelming – yet saving food from the bin can save money and help the environment.

“The Love Food Hate Waste Education Pack will enable schools across the country to put their enthusiasm on food waste into force, contributing to a nationwide drive for a more sustainable, more circular economy.”

David Thomson, CEO of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland, said:

“We welcome these resources which will help young people understand the importance of reducing food waste. Minimising the impact of food and drink production on our environment continues to be a top priority for the food and drink industry.

“FDF Scotland and our food and drink members are committed to working with partners including Zero Waste Scotland to prevent waste before it actually occurs. These tools will help achieve this.”

The Love Food Hate Waste Education Pack can be viewed and downloaded from www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/food-waste/teaching-resources


Notes For Editors

  • Image caption: Pupils at Knightswood Primary School in Glasgow were among those piloting lessons for the Education Pack.

    Actions they have taken to reduce food waste include installing a food-sharing fruit basket, hosting an inter-house food waste reduction competition, and introducing a Clean Plate Day

  • < >How much food and drink waste is there in Scotland? Zero Waste Scotland, 2016https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/how-much-food-waste-there-scotland
    • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
    • A programme of Zero Waste Scotland, Love Food Hate Waste Scotland aims to help Scots make the most of the food they love. By taking simple steps, like shopping smarter, freezing and using up leftovers, we can all save good food from the bin. More information can be found at https://scotland.lovefoodhatewaste.com
    • The Love Food Hate Waste Education Pack has been developed with support from Education Scotland, the Soil Association, the Royal Highland Education Trust, FDF Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland, and STEM Ambassadors.
    • Zero Waste Scotland launched the Resource Efficient Scotland programme in 2013 to help small to medium sized businesses and organisations save money and energy by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the European Structural Funds Programme and the Scottish Government. Find out more at www.resourceefficientscotland.org.uk
    • The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme Fund is administered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
    • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.
    • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn


      About Food and Drink Federation Scotland

      Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland is the voice of the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry – Scotland's largest manufacturing sector.

      FDF Scotland’s schools work - A Future in Food is funded by Scottish Government through Scotland Food & Drink. This initiative helps educators, students, careers influencers and parents better understand the food and drink industry in Scotland; including the wide variety of careers on offer, the skills required by employers, and the progression routes and pathways to access them.

    • For media enquiries contact:
    • Harriet Brace, PR Officer, Zero Waste Scotland                                                                                                          t: 01786 237 342
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