500 Shoppers treated to soup in Wimbledon Town Centre
By adam_leone | Friday, December 07, 2012, 11:52
Over 500 shoppers passing through Wimbledon Town Centre have been offered soup to demonstrate the cost of food wastage.
It was all part of Merton's food roadshow, whereby a leading supermarket chain based in New Malden donated over 100kg of vegetables for the cause.
People passing through the area also received tips and advice on how to reduce waste over the festive period.
Figures show food waste costs the average household £480 a year, rising to £680 for a family with children - which equates to be around £50 a month.
Most of this waste is due to the cooking too much food or not using it in time.
Merton Council's cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: "This is a great time for us all to think about how much food we waste during Christmas."
"With the average household spending £480 on unwanted food, it's time we think about preparing enough food rather than too much. By doing so, we can save money and reduce our impact on the environment.
"The soup which has been served up to shoppers at our roadshow is an example of how we can use food without throwing it away."
"Reusing leftovers or unwanted vegetables is an easy way of reducing the food we waste."