Food waste is a serious problem. For every meal eaten in a UK restaurant, almost half a kilo of food is wasted – through preparation, spoilage and what’s left behind on the plate.
This waste hits restaurant’s bottom lines, diner’s pockets and comes at a massive cost to the environment as most of it ends up on a landfill site.
Recognising that food waste is a problem is the first step to tackling it and Oxfordshire County Council are launching the Too Good to Waste Oxfordshire campaign! The campaign aims to reduce plate waste in the restaurant and hospitality sector; and tackle head on the embarrassment of asking for a container to take home leftovers. It will provide 100 restaurants across the county with free ‘Take me Home’ boxes to offer to diners with food left on their plate at the end of a meal.
Too Good to Waste Oxfordshire aims to make it not just socially acceptable, but a pleasant, positive experience for diners to take food home that they are enjoying but can’t quite manage. Introducing the ‘Take Me Home’ Box. The only question is whether it’s going to be a midnight feast, cheeky brunch or tomorrow’s lunch?
The Too Good to Waste Oxfordshire campaign will provide 100 restaurants across the county with 250 free ‘Take Me Home’ boxes to offer to diners at the end of their meal.
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Research conducted by the SRA revealed that on average a UK restaurant produces 21 tonnes of food waste annually, the equivalent of three double-decker buses!
We estimate that 30% comes off diners’ plates – that’s a lot of leftovers. We aim to reduce this with the aid of the ‘Take Me Home’ Box.