Love Food, Hate Waste

Wasting food costs the average family £680 a year

It’s surprising how much of our food ends up in the bin. In fact, over a third of the waste we throw away in Bournemouth is food. That's why we support the Love Food, Hate Waste campaign, to help you waste less food and save money.

Every year in the UK we throw away £12 billion worth of food that could have been eaten. Simply by wasting less food we can make a big impact on the environment. In the UK, if we stop throwing away food that can be eaten, the reduction of carbon dioxide levels would be the same as taking 1 in 5 cars off the road.

Tips, tools and inspiration to make your food go further

With just a few small changes every day, we can cut food waste at home in half. It’s easy to make a difference, starting at home with your own fridge in your own kitchen. Visit Love Food, Hate Waste for: 

  • Helpful ideas on how to shop, store, cook and eat our food so less goes to waste
  • Recipes for making the most of your leftovers
  • A portion size calculator to make help prevent cooking too much food.

Love Food Hate Waste is a national campaign which helps UK households recognise and tackle food waste. Since its launch in 2007, millions of people have responded, saving around £1.5 billion worth of food.

Is your food really out of date?

Food labels can be confusing. Sometimes food that you think is out of date, is still ok to eat. The most important date to check is the use by date 


Food can be eaten up to the end of the 'use by' date, but not after even if it looks and smells fine.

Best before

You can still eat food after the best before date. One exception is eggs - never eat eggs after the 'best before' date.

‘Best before’ dates are a suggestion. After the best before date, the food is safe but might not taste as good.

Eat within three days of opening

Always follow on pack instructions such as "eat within three days of opening.

Display until

You can ignore this date as it’s for shop staff only.

Top tips for smart food shopping

  • To extend the life of food beyond its use by date, freeze it before the date and defrost and use it within 24 hours.
  • Don't go shopping when you are hungry
  • If you have time, draw up menus in advance before hitting the shops
  • Write a shopping list and stick to it
  • Buy canned food or food that doesn’t go off in bulk to save money
  • Buy food items from local producers and farmers markets, where possible, so you can buy exactly what you need
  • Buy loose items if possible so you’re not paying for packaging