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Galway City Council are giving away 500 free food caddies to the public

Galway City Council are giving away 500 free food caddies to the public

As part of the recent National Food waste recycling campaign in June, Galway City Council are giving away 500 free food caddies to members of the public. All you have to do is come to the customer services desk at City Hall on College Road and ask for one.

Speaking about the initiative, Tiarnan McCusker, Environmental Awareness Officer said:

‘’Every household in Ireland is responsible for 117kgs of food waste per year. That’s between €400 and €1,000 per household per year thrown into the bin.  And it’s not just a waste of money, it’s also costing the earth.  Food waste sent to landfill does not harmlessly break down but instead releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.’’

Where possible we should prevent food waste in the first instance. Top tips to prevent food waste include checking your store cupboard before you shop, have a list, only buy what you need and don't be tempted by special offers on perishable foods.

Do you know that:

60% is Avoidable food waste such as Plate scrapings, leftovers, gone off fruit and veg and passed its date perishables. We can control this waste easily by serving smaller portion sizes at meals times and by shopping smarter
20 % is Potentially Avoidable food waste –  things like bread crusts, potato skins. This waste could be used in another way; crusts could be made into bread crumbs and then frozen until you need them.
20% is Unavoidable food waste – such as banana skins and chicken bones
The good news is food waste doesn’t have to end up in landfill. It can be recycled by using your food waste recycling bin.

The National campaign is based on research into why there may be some barriers to recycling food waste and will provide useful tips and advice on how people can start to recycle more of their food waste, thereby increasing understanding and awareness of the role that people can play in Ireland’s broader circular and green economy. It is being managed by Ireland’s three regional waste management planning offices. The campaign is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.

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