Residents are being encouraged to adopt smart kitchen and shopping habits as part of a new campaign to tackle the climate crisis by reducing food waste in Leith.

Leith’s Good With Food, a new campaign from Zero Waste Leith, encourages the local community to shop smart, cook just the right amount and use up or share any leftovers.

The campaign is delivered by leading environmental charity Changeworks as part of the Zero Waste Leith project, with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Food waste is one of the top contributors to greenhouse gases – and throwing away food waste means you’re throwing away money too. Right now, 60 per cent of the food we waste in Scotland could be avoided, and that’s something the campaign is looking to change. If food can’t be reused, it can be turned into energy through Edinburgh’s kerbside food recycling service.

The campaign kicks off on Thursday (14 November) with a launch event at the Leith Walk Police Box.

Hannah Milne, Zero Waste Leith Co-ordinator at Changeworks said:

“Leithers are already leading the way towards zero waste in Scotland and now they are adopting food waste savvy habits in their kitchens, shops and streets with our new campaign, Leith’s Good With Food.

“On Thursday our team of volunteers will be giving out our new Good with Food kits which contain tools, tips and recipes to help Leithers avoid food waste and a kitchen caddy for collecting food waste recycling.”

The campaign is modelled on the successful anti-flytipping campaign, Flyspotting, which featured portraits and messaging from local Leithers and halved flytipping in ten test streets surrounding Dalmeny Street Park.

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council said:

 “Food waste is a big greenhouse gas emitter, but it’s something households can tackle easily and help make a real, positive contribution. All food waste collected in Edinburgh goes to our state-of-the-art facility at Millerhill to be converted into energy – just one food caddy can generate enough electricity to power a TV for five hours! I welcome this new campaign from Changeworks and look forward to even more people getting into the food waste reduction and recycling habit.”

ENDS

  1. The Zero Waste Leith project is delivered by Changeworks with assistance from a team of Leith partners working with the Leith community to create cleaner, greener streets. The project is supported as part of Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund. This programme provides funding and support for small and medium sized businesses in Scotland to be more resource efficient and create a more circular economy.

  2. Changeworks (changeworks.org.uk) is Scotland’s leading environmental charity delivering solutions for low carbon living. We help people and organisations across Scotland take meaningful, urgent action to tackle climate change. We do this by sharing ways to improve energy efficiency, reduce fuel poverty, prevent waste and scale up low carbon behaviours. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

  3. The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) for further information, visit their website or follow @scotgovESIF