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How Brighton’s Saving Money and the Planet Using Food Waste

How Brighton’s Saving Money and the Planet Using Food Waste
Sarah George

It’s no secret that Brighton loves its food and hates its waste. The seaside city’s innovations provided some of the inspiration for the Sustainable Food Cities network across the UK, for example. But the city’s dedication to eco-friendly foodie ventures has been affirmed once more; Brighton Free University has fully booked out a cookery course using waste food.

Bin Cooking is a four-week course aiming to teach keen cooks how to reduce the amount of food waste they produce. By becoming more confident using older food in cooking, and by forward-planning meals, they could save hundreds of pounds annually on their grocery shopping. Being savvy with food could save the planet as well as saving pennies; food going to landfill is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. An there’s no better place to learn the craft of bin cooking; more than a third of everything thrown away in Brighton and Hove is food, most of which could have been eaten.

Vicky Karidopoulou, who is running the course, said: “The biggest incentive that people have to reduce their food waste really is reducing costs, especially when they realise what it amounts to about 60 pounds a month per family. It mainly down to habit and making living changes there.”


The course will start on 13 March at The Bevy Pub in Moulsecoomb. The pub is Brighton and Hove’s only community-owned estate pub and was the first of its kind in the UK.

Fear not if you didn’t manage to grab a spot on the Bin Cooking course; Vicky is keen to run more food waste courses in the future. In the mean time, check out Brighton and Hove City Council’s advice on how to cut down your food waste by clicking here.

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