Don’t Waste Our Future project leads call to scrap food waste

Food waste is an environmental problem with economic consequences and we’ve been supporting school pupils in Glasgow to call for a reduction in food waste in their dining halls as well as trying to influence the wider local community.

On 13 October, ten pupils, from Shawlands Academy, Hyndland Secondary School, Knightswood Secondary School and St Paul’s High School, presented their recommendations on how to reduce food waste to the Children and young People Policy Development Committee of Glasgow City Council.


The paper prepared for the committee, was based on the EU Don’t Waste Our Future Charter, which was produced when they attended the1st European Form of Young People and Local Authorities Against Food Waste and Global Right to Food at the Milano Expo in October 2015.  The young people’s presentation of this paper included requests for a commitment by the council to reduce food waste through changes to procurement and ordering systems as well reducing the negative impact of food waste through a food waste collection system.


Working in partnership with us and the University of Glasgow, the young people investigated the issues surrounding food waste at both a local and national level, developing future policy ideas before the Forum in Milan.


Now, a year later, some of the same young people, have passed their learning on to pupils attending local primary schools and are developing a campaign to roll out Glasgow wide to tackle food waste reduction.  The project has provided a rich opportunity for Curriculum for Excellence and Learning for Sustainability.


Eve Keepax, Food and Environment Officer said: “We have been delighted to support the young people involved in the Don’t Waste Our Future project with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow University.  The project has supported the young people to recognise, organise and use their own knowledge and understanding of food waste issues.  It has also helped them to find the connections with national and global issues around food supply, fair trade and food security.”


With 17 worldwide Global Goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change recently announced, this project ties in with No. 2 Zero Hunger and No. 12 Responsible Consumption and Production.

14 October 2016

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