Make the most of food wherever you eat

When you eat food out do you ever find you’ve got some left on your plate and think ‘what a waste’?

It’s estimated that more than 600,000 tonnes of food waste is thrown away each year in the UK hospitality and food service industry. That’s restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafes, staff restaurants etc.

And it is a waste because most of this food goes to landfill where it generates harmful methane gas.

Some of the food is kitchen waste, but there’s also plate waste – food we pay for and then don’t eat. Wherever it comes from it all goes in the bin.

Would you prefer to have more choice when it comes to portion sizes and sides? Would you ask to take leftover food away with you?

Have a look at this short video to find out what people say about the food they waste when out and what they’d like to see change.

Why not try these ideas from Love Food Hate Waste next time you eat out?

• Order a starter or ‘light bite’ instead of a main meal if you’re not very hungry.

• Ask if there are other portions sizes even if they aren’t shown on the menu – choose a smaller option if you don’t fancy a full meal.

• Find out if you can swap chips for salad, potatoes for vegetables (or vice versa) -whatever you prefer.

• Can you take any leftovers home with you to eat next day? Pizza, sandwiches, cake, fruit, cheese – lots of food can be saved from the bin.

To find out more, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.

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