Case Study: Oxfordshire Waste Partnership
Oxfordshire Waste Partnership (OWP) is a partnership of the County and District councils of Oxfordshire who are working together to continuously improve waste management services within the county.
The initiative ran a series of live cookery demonstrations to promote the Love Food Hate Waste campaign across Oxfordshire during British Food Fortnight, starting with Witney Farmers Market, and ending with Banbury Canal Day. The cookery team also visited students’ fresher fairs at Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities. In the second year they ran a series of live cookery demonstrations throughout Oxfordshire in markets, food festivals, supermarkets and universities and offered a free recipe book to visitors to have a go of cooking the dishes when they get home.
Produce used included donations from local supplier Fresh Direct and at the end of each market or food festival a selection of stallholders donated unsold leftovers which were used alongside other local and seasonal foods.
Throughout the year council officers across the county have been promoting the Love Food Hate Waste campaign which aims to get the public to do something about the £10 billion worth of food wasted in the UK each year.
The activities during and the boost given by British Food Fortnight helped to increase awareness of the campaign and over 8,000 signatures which pledge to Love Food Hate Waste were collected
John Tanner, local Councillor and member of the Oxford Waste Partnership said “When every penny counts, smarter shopping and using up leftovers, is a great way to save money and help the environment. We’ll also be helping students, away from home for the first time, to build up basic kitchen skills and become canny cooks.”