Love Food, Hate Waste!

A couple of weeks ago I was keeping Bajestic company when I spoke to Martina from Norfolk County Council.

Martina is helping to coordinate a number of volunteers to support the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. Although the volunteers need to be over 18, I thought that this provides an opportunity for adults to learn a new skill and deliver the scheme with the support of their group to parents and young people.

This would also be a fantastic volunteering option for Duke of Edinburgh or Queen’s Scout Award participants.

Here are some more details that Martina has sent me…

Matthew 🙂

Hi Matthew

Really good to speak to you the other week – the girls really liked the Scout dragon!

As promised please find below some further information about the Love Food Hate Waste Champion scheme including a link to an online application form. It would be fantastic to have the Scouts involved in the scheme.

The new Love Food Hate Waste Champion volunteer scheme is being set up to help people make their household budget go further by cutting down on the amount of food they throw away.

Households in the UK throw away 4.2 million tonnes of food and drink that could have been eaten each year. This costs the average family with children about £700 or the equivalent of around £60 a month. Food waste that is not recycled or composted is currently disposed of in landfill sites or incinerated which is very costly and damaging to the environment.

This new volunteer scheme is based on the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign which was established in 2007 by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). It promotes five key behaviours to reduce food waste: planning, storage, portions, dates and leftovers.

As a volunteer you will receive free training on these five areas in a one day training course which will be held on 26 September 2015 at County Hall, Norwich. The training will be delivered by WRAP and Norfolk County Council and will provide you with all the know-how, tools and equipment you need to pass on the Love Food Hate Waste message.

All trainees will receive a resource pack on the day to take away and will be able to borrow additional resources to support their work. Throughout the year volunteers will have access to a dedicated project coordinator as well as quarterly newsletters and an opportunity to meet up to share experiences.

Once the training has been completed you will be expected to spend 30 hours over the following year promoting the Love Food Hate Waste message as a volunteer (i.e. not as part of a paid position). This can be done in a variety of ways tailored to your personal strengths and preferences and may include talking to a friend/neighbour, giving a presentation to interested groups, writing an article for a publication or attending a special event. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Any Norfolk resident over the age of 18 can become a Love Food Hate Waste volunteer; you don’t need to be an expert in food/cooking or have any volunteer or community group experience.

Becoming a Love Food Hate Waste Champion is a great way to meet new people, learn valuable skills, and benefit from being part of a team that makes a difference. Please complete the online application by 11 September 2015 if you would like to be considered for the scheme.

Martina Glason

Waste Reduction Officer, Community and Environmental Services

Direct dial telephone number: 01603 223835  E-mail:

General enquiries: 0344 800 8020 or