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West Sussex families waste £70 a month on food that ends up in the bin

The shocking figures come as West Sussex Waste Partnership announce a new campaign to tackle the county’s food waste problem.



Food waste makes up nearly a third of the average rubbish bin in West Sussex.

This is the equivalent of nearly 20 rubbish trucks full of food being thrown away every day – and throwing food away costs.

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On average residents in West Sussex are binning the equivalent of £20 per month per person or £70 per month for a family of four.

A campaign is being introduced over the coming months to encourage residents to help fight against food waste.

The campaign, organised by West Sussex Waste Partnership, will raise awareness on food waste and provide advice on how to ‘be a smart shopper’, ‘freeze with ease’ and ‘love your leftovers’.

To kick off the campaign, MasterChef Champion 2018 Kenny Tutt will be joining the partnership between 11am and 3pm on Thursday 30 August on Chichester Cathedral Green and Thursday 6 September at Memorial Gardens, Crawley.

Kenny will be delivering a culinary masterclass focusing on how to ‘love your leftovers’ by turning food which may have ended up in the bin into delicious dishes.

Kenny said:

“I am thrilled to be working with my local waste partnership on this exciting new campaign and I can’t wait to show fellow residents in West Sussex how to create some quick and easy food from what potentially could have ended up in the bin.

“There are so many great things you can do with leftovers from vibrant curries to beautiful casseroles or soups, but often people just need a few pointers to get them started.

“I’m hoping that the events will be hugely successful and that they kick start a whole new ethos across our county to stop people wasting valuable money on food that ultimately ends up in the bin.”

In West Sussex 70 per cent of food waste could have been eaten at some point prior to being thrown away. Of that, 41 per cent is just not used in time and 25 per cent is binned because we cook or prepare too much.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“We’re really excited to have Kenny headlining our events and talking people through the importance of loving their leftovers.

“It’s hard to believe how much of the food we buy is wasted and that there are a lot of steps we could take to prevent so much of it going in the bin; like prepping and freezing food we aren’t going to use and shopping smarter so we only buy the things we need.

“It has become more apparent that something needs to be done and we’re hoping that our ‘Fight Against Food Waste’ campaign will stop people from automatically throwing food waste in the bin and will encourage our residents to think before they throw.”

To find out more information on the events and the campaign, visit and click on the ‘events’ tab.

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Crawley health clinic offers free classes for National Fitness Day

The Crawley based clinic will give locals the chance to try one of their new ‘Bridgefit’ classes.



A local movement rehabilitation and wellbeing clinic is getting involved in an event which thousands across the country will be participating in – National Fitness Day.

Taking place on 26 September, National Fitness Day is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping raise awareness of its importance in helping to lead healthier and active lifestyles.

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National Fitness Day sees a huge range of activity options enjoyed by participants of all ages, such as ‘plank offs’, yoga and Pilates classes, treadmill challenges, high-street HIIT classes, dance-offs, mass walks and many more.

Bridgeham Clinic is challenging Crawley residents to improve their fitness with a new style of class.

“We are holding FREE 15-minute ‘taster’ Bridgefit classes on the 26th of September from 11.00am to 12.45pm. Come and see what it is all about and whether you are brave enough to sign up!”

What is Bridgefit?

Bridgefit is a fast-paced workout with a cardio element combined with the techniques of Pilates, but with a Bootcamp edge.

Regular classes will usually last 40 minutes to make it possible for those who work to fit a class in to their lunch break.

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For those who want even more of a challenge, they can try a free taster Bridgefit ‘Circuit class’ between 1.00pm and 2.30pm on the 26th September. Bridgefit circuits provide a great workout using the Pilates machines to hone and tone your body.

Call Bridgeham on 01293 542245 to book your place on either or both classes.

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