At a time when we need to be more careful with food than ever, there's plenty of potential for even more food waste to be created because of bulk buying. Here are our top tips for reducing food waste during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Gill from Zero Waste Leeds chatted with Richard Stead on the BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Show, offering a host of top tips to reduce the amount of food you waste whilst you #StayAtHome. Here are her top tips!




Check what you already have in - Have a rummage through your fridge, freezer and cupboards. Tidy them up, and make a list of what’s in there.

Come up with a meal plan - Based on what’s in your cupboards, fridge and freezer, make a plan for the week’s meals. There are loads of ideas online from people like Jack Monroe and Jamie Oliver.

Make a shopping list - With all of us being asked to limit our shopping and only shop for essentials, it helps more than ever to shop from a list. Only buy what you need and eat what you buy.

Compost food scraps - If you have one, use your compost heap for uncooked fruit and vegetable scraps. If not, now is a perfect time to start one! We have more tips on how to start a compost heap on our website.

Freeze your food - Make use of your freezer to preserve fresh food. Most vegetables and fruit can be easily prepared and frozen.

Make a preserve - You could make a jam or preserve with your fresh fruit or vegetables to prevent them going off.

Get the kids involved - Cooking and meal planning can be a fun activity for kids and is also learning for them whilst they're not at school.