It’s great to see Sheffield’s Real Junk Food Project nominated as one of four finalists for the Social Enterprise of the Year Award. By working with volunteers serving 8,000 meals a month it uses 5 tonnes of food that would otherwise go to landfill. They are expanding rapidly with help from organisations like the Sheffield based Key Fund.

The tens of millions who have just watched Blue Planet 2 know that we have take action to move away from single use plastics. Those plastics often contain food and drink that ends up being wasted – 40% of bagged salads go uneaten, for example. The average UK family throws away £700 worth of food each year.

Real Junk Food Project are trailblazers. They “challenge the way producers, restaurants, supermarkets, and all of the players within the food industry, not least the government, handle ordering, over-production, distribution, and management of food in ways that create the unnecessary waste of edible food”.

They encourage us to reduce, reuse and recycle to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away and conserve natural resources, landfill space and energy.

Find out more, including how you can help, at

Cllr Alison Teal
Green Party, Nether Edge & Sharrow ward


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