By KLTV Newsdesk –
Kirklees residents are aiming to send a message to world leaders at the COP 26 summit that everyone can do their bit to save the planet when they take part in Kirklees Council’s virtual Save Food workshops which will help them reduce food waste in their homes and save money.
Reducing food waste is a major part in the council’s plans to tackle the climate emergency and is one way that everyone can have a positive impact on climate change. It not only helps the environment but also helps reduce the money spent on such items.
Now, the council is hosting a series of virtual workshops that helps people make the right decisions when it comes to reducing their food waste.
The workshops, which are being held over three weeks in two different groups starting the 9th and 11th of November are part of the Council’s Resources and Waste Strategy for 2021-2030 which was approved in September.
They are held online and are open to all Kirklees residents, although booking is required as places at each session are limited.
The three, one-hour sessions are individually themed around meal planning, food storage, and portion sizes.
Participants will get top tips on how to reduce food waste from local community food worker Bev Juniper, who lives and works in Kirklees running healthy eating and cooking sessions.
Bev will demonstrate simple to follow recipes for using up odds and ends from the fridge, freezer and food cupboards.
There will also be plenty of ways for participants to get involved online with food quizzes, opportunities to ask questions as well as being signposted to helpful resources and further learning opportunities.
The workshops will take place on Microsoft Teams and will not be recorded but participants do not have to have Microsoft Teams on their PC, Laptop, Tablet or phone to take part.
‘Play our part’
Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said: “During the research for our new waste strategy, we discovered that 36 per cent of the waste our residents throw away is food, most of which could have been eaten.
“Over 1,000 residents told us that they wanted to reduce the amount of food thrown away and were interested in workshops to learn more.
“Residents responded well to the ones we ran earlier in the year, so we decided to run them again this Autumn.
“As world leaders gather to discuss the international actions that need to be taken to address the climate crisis, our workshops and our residents are showing that we all have our part to play and that small actions can make a big difference.”
There are still a few places left on the workshops, to find out more and to book your place visit the Council’s website https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/