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Learn how to reduce food waste and save money at Newhaven market

Zero Heroes at Newhaven Christmas Market encourages the community to use up food leftovers by demonstrating tasty recipes and using food waste collections for composting anything that can't be reused. photo �Julia Claxton

Zero Heroes at Newhaven Christmas Market encourages the community to use up food leftovers by demonstrating tasty recipes and using food waste collections for composting anything that can't be reused. photo �Julia Claxton

Visitors to the Newhaven Street Market in March will be able to pick up some tips on how to save money and avoid food waste from community chef Olly Dawson.

He will be running a live cookery kitchen in the High Street market on Saturday March 1 showing people how to make simple tasty fillings for pancakes with leftovers that would otherwise have ended up in the bin.

The event is part of Lewes District Council’s Zero Heroes Campaign which aims to reduce food waste.

Olly said: “I’m really looking forward to sharing my quick and tasty recipes with Newhaven residents.

“There are lots of simple ways to reuse scraps of food and ingredients that are near their use-by date that will save you money and help reduce what goes into your bin.

“I’ve also got a great recipe for bread pudding pancakes and I will be handing out recipe cards.

“It’s good for your pocket and the environment”.

The Zero Heroes Campaign was launched in 2013.

It raises awareness of food and household waste recycling facilities to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, while also offering residents the chance to win a share of £40,000 for an environmental project in their local community.

Each week, the general domestic waste volume of each of the different areas of Lewes district is posted on the Zero Heroes website to see who is doing most to reduce and recycle.

Here are some tips from the campaign to help you reduce waste and also save some money:

1) Freeze any leftover foods into handy portions.

2) Do you know the difference between best before, use by and sell by?

Best before refers to quality, not safety, so bakery products can still be consumed after this date but might no longer be at their best.

Use by refers to safety, not quality, so food and drink should not be consumed after this date, even if it looks and smells fine, such as yogurt, cheese and meat products.

Display until and sell by can be ignored by shoppers, as this is for shop staff.

3) Reduce the amount of BOGOF deals – do not be seduced by the special offers in supermarkets as you will often end up throwing away the second item. Visit www.zeroheroes.me for more information.

 

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