South West Waste Campaign Award Winners

29th July, 2010
The South West Love Food Hate Waste campaign has won the Food Waste Award 2010 at the Plant and Waste Recycling Show.

The International show, which was held in Torquay from 8 -10 June attracts exhibitors from all over the world. The awards promote innovation and excellence and recognise successful projects that have made a significant difference to the amount of waste sent to landfill.

The award winning campaign to reduce food waste ran last Autumn and was organised by the South West Waste and Recycling Forum (SWWRF) which brought together 35 Local Authorities across the region.  It was the first time that all 35 Local Authorities had worked together through the Forum and pooled their resources for a single campaign.

As part of the campaign, residents in the South West were asked to consider things like planning weekly meals, checking use by dates, using a shopping list and making a pledge to reduce food waste.  In total over 6,500 people made the pledge and in return they were entered into a prize draw.  Draw prizes included a gourmet weekend for four in St Ives, dinner for two in Dorsetís Restaurant of the Year 2009 and a bespoke cookery lesson for two at a cookery school in Bristol. Families in the South West throw out, on average, up to £50 worth of good food every month; thatís £600 per year that could be spent on other things.

The South West Love Food Hate Waste campaign has been supported by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), the South West Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (SW RIEP), and the Environment Agency, with further money provided by a number of the local authorities across the South West. 

For more information and advice on reducing food waste as well as events and activities in your area visit