Asda are already doing great work to help reduce food waste, trialling ‘wonky’ veg with Jamie Oliver across five Asda stores, and working with FareShare to reduce food waste in the supply chain. This week, The Rubbish Diet Bin Doctors Ali and Adam paid a visit to Asda Superstores in Park Royal and Feltham on 26th and 27th of January, 2015 to share tips and advice with shoppers to help them to make the most of their food and reduce food waste at home.
At Asda Park Royal, The Rubbish Diet were joined by fabulous Community Life Champion Donna who helped answer shopper’s questions about slimming their bins. She had a few questions of her own too and wanted to know how she could reduce the volume of junk mail at home. That was an easy question for our Bin Doctors. You can sign up to the Mail Preference Service which will remove your name from most direct mailing lists. It’s free and easy to do, simply visit their website and complete the online form. To stop post addressed to ‘The Occupier’, you can contact the Royal Mail Opt Out Service by emailing your name and address to email@example.com.
Shoppers in Asda Feltham had lots of tips to use up those leftovers. “Excess fat off bacon and other meals can be used in soups, and in the pan when cooking roasts, to save adding salt or stock cubes” suggests Lisa from Hounslow. Tash from Walton-on-Thames recommends using the stalks and leaves from Cauliflower and Cabbage to make a vegetable bake with cheese.
Other top tips included shopping every day and only buying what you need for the evening’s meal, and using a wall planner to plan the week’s meal. A seven day meal planner is available to download from the West London Waste website.
Some shoppers had questions about their dates. The ‘Use By’ dates are there for safety, and food should not be eaten after this date – although it can be eaten for frozen right up to it. The ‘Best Before’ date relates to quality – food will still be safe to eat after this date, but it may not be at its best. The ‘Sell By’ and ‘Display Until’ dates are for the shops, not shoppers so can be ignored. For more information on date labels, visit Love Food Hate Waste.
And lastly, Carol from Feltham had a top tip on how to make it easier to recycle at home and slim your bin. “Peg together three or four bags for life inside a cupboard, and use these to store your different materials for recycling – this takes up much less space than separate bins in the kitchen”.
The Rubbish Diet Bin Doctors will be at the Asda Hounslow superstore on Tuesday 3rd February and at Asda Park Royal on Thursday 5th February. In the meantime, why not sign up to The Rubbish Diet on line, and take two easy steps to a slimmer bin!