Working to support our community

In Charlton Kings, we waste the equivalent of 382 wheelie bins full of uneaten food every month. That produces about the same amount of C02e (all greenhouse gases) as 168 people flying from London to New York and back!*

There are lots of things we can all do to reduce the amount of food we waste, from simple things like meal planning, batch cooking and focusing on food storage, to growing our own food or home composting.

At a recent Food Waste Workshop hosted by Josie Haughton some CK residents shared their thoughts on food waste:

Try something new - don't be afraid to experiment with new food and ways of cooking.

Get creative - add herbs, spices

Think whole - e.g. all the cauliflower can be eaten - the leaves and stalk can be the best bits for nutrition

Do your homework - check storage to get the longest life from your fresh fruit and veg.

Think compost - what can you successfully compost and how.

Don't overbuy – consider what's in your fridge, freezer or cupboards before meal planning.

Have fun and create something new. Those new ideas can lead to some great food!

Many thanks to our friends and food enthusiast Josie Haughton for sharing their hints and tips.

We can do this!

Over the next few months, we will be talking about some of the practical things we can do to reduce the amount of uneaten food we waste as a community. We will be sharing useful resources, food waste reduction tips and will also host a series of talks, workshops, and podcasts from members of our community who are keen to share their knowledge, experience and stories.

We will keep adding to this page so please do keep checking back. Also look out for information about the Charlton Kings Food Waste Challenge… coming soon!

  • Food Waste Challenge Information Pack (PDF, 1.9 Mb)

    Join us for the CK Food Waste Challenge, an easy to navigate four-week journey from food wastage to food preservation. How much could you save from the bin?

    We would love it if you could let us know how you are getting on with the challenge by emailing us at or posting on social media using the hashtag #CKFoodWasteChallenge

    With thanks to our brilliant local resident and volunteer Helen Evans for creating this pack.

Look out for our A-Z of food waste on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram over the coming weeks. Please follow, like, share and retweet if you like what you see and help us to reach more people in our community.

If you would like to download the full poster and display it in your window to show support for the campaign we would love that too!

Find out more about food waste, its impact on the environment and what we can do reduce it with these useful websites and guides.

Love Food Hate Waste

CK Futures Carbon Footprint Guide

Last updated: Thu, 06 Oct 2022 14:20