Win. Don’t Bin for Food Waste Action Week

Food Waste Action Week runs from 6 to 12 March. It’s the biggest annual food waste reduction campaign.
Win Don't Bin - energetic design with a photo of a young man excitedly looking at a chip butty
Food Waste Action Week runs from 6 to 12 March. It’s the biggest annual food waste reduction campaign set up by the charity WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme).

The campaign ‘Win. Don’t Bin’ demonstrates how valuable food is in our lives. An enormous 4.4 million tonnes of edible food is thrown away each year by UK households, 25% of which is wastage due to cooking, preparing or serving too much. Throwing food away wastes precious resources across the whole chain, from growing, harvesting and transportation, to what we throw away in our kitchen. This all comes at a cost, in the form of money, time and to our planet, having a huge impact on climate change. The campaign will share practical advice for how we can all easily reduce the food we waste in our homes.

There are added benefits to reducing food waste, which include the social aspect of cooking and eating together, alongside developing positive healthy habits with food, for our physical and mental health.

Food Waste Action Week 2023 is now finished

Please note the week has now finished, and the competition mentioned below is now closed.

Look out for Food Waste Action Week 2024 next March!

What’s happening?

Throughout the week, videos and messages will be released on Oxfordshire Recycles Facebook and Twitter including sharing Love Food Hate Waste -Community’s video on how to feel like a winner in the kitchen! Look out for celebrities/influencers, who will also be raising awareness throughout the week.

There will be a competition for Oxfordshire residents, to submit a sentence for the food item they have saved from being wasted and what they made with it. Submissions to be sent by Facebook Messenger to Oxfordshire Recycles. Three winners will be picked at random to receive a voucher up to the value of £50 to eat out at one of their choice of the following social enterprise kitchen’s: Damascus Kitchen (Oxford), Down to Earth (Wantage) or Climatarian Kitchen (Kidlington)

More information on how to take part in the competition, including the terms and conditions can be found on our website! It will be open from 6 to 20 March.

Prize Draw - Win. Don't Bin. Win up to £50 to spend at a social enterprise kitchen

Win up to £50 to spend at a social enterprise kitchen!


What can you do to play your part?

We can all reduce food waste at home.Here are some tips;

  • Make a shopping list, or take a ‘shelfie’ to avoid buying more than you need
  • Prepare and plan what meals you’re going to make for the week
  • Set your fridge below 5ºC to keep food fresher for longer.  More information can be found at #ChillTheFridgeOut
  • Put items in clear sight, regularly checking the use by dates on these items in your fridge to use them up first
  • Cook once and eat twice (or thrice!) by save your leftovers to eat for lunch the next day
  • Use websites to find recipes for your leftover ingredients such as Big Oven, Love Food Hate Waste and BBC Good Food.
  • Our favourite – the ‘throw it all in’ recipe!
  • Swap food items you won’t use with neighbours, friends or family

Think you’re pretty good at eating what you have at home?

Help reduce food waste even more, by using your local community fridge, or apps like Too Good To Go and Olio etc.

For further tips visit Oxfordshire Recycles and Love Food Hate Waste