Tuesday 20 August 2019

Gorey takes the Food Waste Challenge

Pauline Adamson and Terry Connolly
Pauline Adamson and Terry Connolly

Cathy Lee

Learning how to cut down on household food waste was top of the agenda at the weekly talks on the topic at Gorey Library for those taking part in the Stop Food Waste challenge.

The workshop was given by Betty Kehoe of, a Craanford native, who lives in Rosslare.

She gave an entertaining and informative talk, outlining simple steps that people can take to cut down on the amount of expensive food they throw away.

She explained that Irish people waste about a quarter of the food we buy, and this costs each household between €400 and €1,000 a year.

Billy Halford, chairman of Gorey Tidy Towns was delighted with how the event went, and said that those present really got engaged in the discussion.

'Betty explained that over a million tonnes of food is disposed of in Ireland each year, and that a third of this comes from households. We also learned that if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after America and China,' he said.

The participants have now been set the task of recording every item of food they throw out for a week, and the results will be examined at the next talk which takes place in the library on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The remaining three talks will examine planning and shopping, storage, dates and the art of reuse as well as a review of how everyone has done.

The event was organised by Gorey Tidy Towns and Gorey Library and supported by Wexford County Council. New participants are most welcome, the course is free and the talk lasts for just an hour, and all course materials and handouts will be provided.

Contact the library on 053 9421481 to book your place.

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