Environment Awareness & Education

Catherine Fulvio’s Seven Secrets to Stop Festive Food Waste

Friday, December 18, 2020
dlr County
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This Christmas reduce your food waste with Catherine Fulvio’s Seven Secrets to Stop Festive Food Waste!


Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and eight other local authorities have linked up with Catherine Fulvio to explore how we can prevent food waste over Christmas. Shockingly, we throw out millions of euros worth of food over the holiday season. Food waste hits all of us in the pocket, with the average family throwing out €700 worth of food per annum. Christmas is when we throw out the most in quantity but also when we see some very expensive foods making their way into the bin. Turkey, ham, stuffing, sauces, salmon, canapes, cheeses, and desserts are some of the high cost items commonly found in bins during the season.

An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Una Power of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council says

“It is important to consider the environmental impact of food waste. Growing, processing, packaging, and transporting food uses energy, resources, and releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Food waste is a big concern for households and many families are actively seeking ways to reduce their environmental footprint. We are excited to have chef Catherine Fulvio invoved in this campaign, she has the inside track on how to reduce food waste this festive season”. 


Catherine Fulvio is delighted to be involved in this campaign, saying

“Food waste is something that always concerns me around Christmas and according to research in Ireland we throw out a whopping €42 million worth of food over Christmas week. How can we prevent this? I have teamed up with several county councils to help reduce this staggering figure and in doing so save you money and protect the environment. My first golden rule is to write your list and stick to it and when in the shops put on your “blinkers”. Don’t look left, don’t look right, just walk down that aisle and stick to your list to avoid picking up superfluous produce. There will be lots of hacks, ideas and recipes suggestions so check out my series of which will be running across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts over Christmas.”


To view all Seven Secrets to Stop Festive Food Waste visit Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Youtube account or website.


For more information contact Martha Casserly, Environmental Awareness Officer at Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Tel: (01) 205 4700 or Email EnvAware@dlrcoco.ie


This environmental awareness campaign is funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Laois County, Council, Wicklow County Council, Cork County Council, South Dublin County Council, Westmeath County Council, Kildare County Counci, Meath County Council and Longford County Council.