Thank you for taking part in our campaign ‘Taste it, Don’t Waste it’.

Take the taste it dont waste it pledge today and receive a special free gift! The taste it dont waste it pledge. 1 Make a Meal plan. 2 Buy only what you need. 3 store it smart. 4 cook wisely. 5 use up what is left. Pledge your commitment to reducing your household food waste here. Twitter @rutlandyouth Instagram rutlandyouthcouncil. Facebook @Rutland-Youth-Council

Our journey to food waste action:

"Our campaign was developed to help change behaviour and challenge people’s thinking about food waste and climate change, and the way we dispose of food waste across the county. We hope that you have enjoyed the journey and will make the pledge to continue to make positive changes towards reducing your household food waste.
Addressing the climate crisis can no longer be considered as a concern for the future; as a community, we must act now to ensure that there is one.
Together we can make a positive mark on climate change, this is our planet and our crisis, we simply cannot wait for a miracle." Heather Kelly RYC Chair

See the Taste it, don't waste it! Campaign video

Five Easy Steps to Reducing Food Waste

To succeed, all you need to remember are these 5 points:

  1. Make a meal plan
  2. Buy what you need
  3. Store it smart
  4. Cook wisely
  5. Use up what’s left
Take the Pledge Today
Join young people across Rutland by taking the taste it don't waste it pledge today
Make a meal plan
Buy what you need
Store it smart
Cook wisely
Use up what's left
Meal plan Monday - Lasagne Tuesday - Stir Fry Wednesday - Bolognese Thursday - Pasta Friday - Homemade Pizza Saturday - Shepherd’s pie Sunday -  Leftover Casserole

As a family, sit down and plan what you’re going to have to eat that week. Be adventurous. Get the cook books out, have a wander around YouTube and Google for recipes. Get excited about all those new things you’re going to try out.

By planning what you’re going to eat, you will cut down on what is likely to be wasted as you won’t buy anything that you won’t need for the week (see step 2).

Then, make a shopping list of all the items you are going to need to fulfil your plan.

Buy What You Need

Stick to your plan! If you don’t, what’s the point of making it?

By sticking to your plan, your shopping list will only contain the items you are going to need. Oh yes – make sure you have MADE A SHOPPING LIST! That’s pretty much essential for sticking to your plan, so really, don’t forget that crucial part of Step 1.

You’ll save money too as you will stop all those “ooh, I could make…” moments in the supermarket, that we all know never actually happen in practice, meaning that what you bought with your good intentions will most likely end up in the bin.

storing food

Most food goes out of date, beyond that point where it can be reasonably assumed it’s safe to eat. So, make sure you use up the food that is going out of date before the stuff that has a longer shelf life. Sounds simple.

The key is making sure you store food appropriately to ensure it lasts longest. Follow the directions on the label or look it up on Google. You can always amend your meal plan to ensure you are using up the food you need to in the order it needs to be used before it's "best before date".


“Sell by”

A direction for the retailer informing them when to take it off the shelf.

“Best before”

Information for you the consumer letting you know the point before which the producer feels the food will be in tip top condition. Most food is perfectly safe and edible for a period of time after its “best before” date.

“Use by”

The date by which the producer feels the food should be consumed in order for it to be safe and edible. There are of course foodstuffs which should not be consumed after the use by date, such as fresh meat and some dairy products, due to increased risk of a build p of harmful bacteria.

Freezing Food

In short, if you can, do it!

If fresh food has a short “best before” time period, freezing it will prolong its useable life span. You would be amazed at what can safely be frozen. Cheese, milk, cream, fruit for example. And leftovers. Again, Google can be a great source of information here. The packaging will inform you if something is safe to be frozen and provide instructions as to how to thaw it out safely.

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When planning your meals, take into account how much you are going to be cooking.

Are you cooking just for the meal itself, or are you going to cook to make more so you can have it again later in the week, or freeze it to have another time?

Think about portion sizes. How much does your family eat?

If there are leftovers, can you freeze them, or have the for lunch the next day rather than throwing them away?

By cooking wisely, you will reduce what you waste as you will only make what you need, whatever that might be.

left over food in a pan

By following step 5, you will be able to plan for how you can either plan to save what’s left over or to minimise the amount might be left and therefore thrown away.

There are many websites with some fantastic recipes using leftovers where you can make some really exciting things by pulling together what’s sitting in your fridge after a few days.

Here are a few…

Remember, the average family of four can save as much as £60 a month by cutting down on the amount of food they throw away. And it’s much better for the planet too!

Oakham and Uppingham Community Fridge Project

The Rutland Youth Council would like to thank you for your support during the campaign. We would also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Oakham and Uppingham Community Fridge projects.

For those of you taking the pledge, we are offering free tote bags and fridge magnets while stocks last. These can be collected at your next visit to one of the Community Fridges.

Find out more information about the Oakham Community Fridge

Find out more information about the Uppingham Community Fridge

For More Information

There are many organisations dedicated to providing information on reducing the food we waste. Here are a few…

Love Food Hate Waste

Friends of the Earth


Cheaper Waste


Do Something Good