Take control of your food waste

Did you know that food waste is really bad for the environment?


18 Jan 2021

As part of Thirteen’s Take Control campaign, we’re encouraging everyone to make better choices and reduce the negative impact on the environment.

It has been estimated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations that if food waste was a country, it would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

When food waste goes to landfill, which is where the vast majority of it ends up, it decomposes without access to oxygen and creates methane, which is 23 times more deadly than carbon dioxide.

Become a food waste hero

Environmental champion and compliance data analyst Rebecca Sergeant has become a food waste hero with OLIO, helping to distribute food in her local area, which would have otherwise gone to waste.

The food sharing app OLIO, sees volunteers collect food that would otherwise be destined for the bin, then making it available to others in the community completely free of charge. With Tesco stores in Stockton recently signing up to the initiative, donating any food that can no longer be sold, to the volunteers, there’s been a significant increase in the quantity of food that is currently available for free on the OLIO app.

Rebecca said: “Whether you are keen to help reduce food wastage or just want to make savings on your weekly food shop, this is just one way we can help to save good food from going to waste. “We have lots of great quality food available which would otherwise just be thrown out.

“Anyone can share food through the OLIO app, as long as it is safe to eat. So, whether you have excess fruit and veg growing in your garden, you are having a cupboard clear out, have bought too much of something or you have made more food than you can eat yourself, you can share it with your local community. Together, we can reduce food wastage and provide our communities with free food which they can use to make healthy meals.”

Since its launch five years ago, OLIO has expanded its offer, so you can share household items such as toiletries, kitchen appliances, books, clothes and toys; as well as learning about how to live more sustainably in a more planet-positive way.

The OLIO app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.