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Welcome to the Zero Waste Food Challenge

This resource is designed to help individuals and households reduce food waste, as well as packaging waste in the kitchen, at every stage of the food waste journey.

It builds on the Zero Waste Kitchen Challenge developed by MOO Food in the Black Isle, and expanded by the HCWP.

How it works

The Zero Waste Food Challenge comprises six modules, each reflecting a step in the food waste journey. As you move through these, you will have the opportunity to measure and monitor the amount of food that you waste, in order to make real improvements at each step.

You can work through the Challenge on your own, using the online resource, or through workshops in your community, where available. Find more information about both options in the sections below.

We recommend working through one module per week, which will allow you to track the amount of food you waste as you progress through the Challenge. However, you are welcome to work through the Challenge at whatever pace works best.

Upon completion of the Challenge, you will receive a certificate detailing your progress and impact. If you're carrying out the challenge online, send us your address with your last food waste measure and you'll receive a Love Food Hate Waste pack of handy tools to help you reduce food waste at home. If attending workshops, you receive handy tools at each stage of the workshop.

Take the challenge: online self-led resource

Work through the modules below, to get an understanding of how much food you waste in your kitchen and what you can do to reduce it, at every step of the food waste journey.

Step 1: Introduction - Understand your food waste

This introductory module contains some basic background and information to get you started on your Zero Waste Food journey. You'll also have the opportunity to take a look at your own patterns, in order to understand how much food you're wasting in your kitchen. To do this, you will need to identify a food waste caddy of your choosing. We also recommend that you keep a food waste diary.

For more information and to get started: Download the Introduction resource

  

Step 2: Have you measured your past week's food waste? Now take the Challenge!

Download each module below to find information, tips and challenges to help you reduce waste at each step of the food waste journey.

We recommend that you work through one module per week, but you are welcome to go at your own pace. We also ask you to track your food waste if possible, and provide us with a measure before downloading each resource. This will help with monitoring and providing you with feedback.

1. Planning

Download resource

2. Shopping

Download resource

3. Storing

Download resource

4. Preparing

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5. Consuming

Download resource

6. Composting

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Step 3: Complete the Challenge

Once you've worked through all six modules, enter your final food waste measure in order to complete the challenge and claim your prize!

We will send you a Zero Waste Food Challenge certificate outlining your food waste reduction progress. And if you provide your address you will also receive a Love Food Hate Waste pack of handy tools for reducing food waste at home.

Final food waste measure

As part of the Food Waste Challenge, we’ve encouraged you to keep track of your food waste, so that you can better understand what you throw away and how you can take steps to reduce this. Please review the Introduction. for more information on how to do this.

This data will be stored and processed by Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Highland Community Waste Partnership for the purposes of running the Zero Food Waste Challenge.It will be used for monitoring purposes and to help track your progress and provide you with feedback as you work through the Challenge. For more information, please have a look at the Keep Scotland Beautiful privacy statement.


Take the challenge: in-person workshops

If you would like to receive guidance in person and take the Zero Waste Food Challenge with others in your community, see if you can find a workshop near you:

 

Zero Waste Food Challenge, Black Isle (various locations), 25 Apr - 4 Jul

Introduction: Sign up one week before the workshops start to start measuring your food waste. You'll receive an introduction to the Zero Waste Food Challenge along with a worksheet to help you measure your food waste and a diary to monitor what you don't eat. (Sign up by 18th April).

1. Planning

Fortrose Free Church

25 April

7-9pm

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2. Shopping

Fortrose Free Church

09 May

6-9pm

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3. Storing

Muir of Ord Community Orchard/Park

23 May

6:30-8:30pm

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4. Preparing

Fortrose Free Church

06 June

7-9pm

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5. Consuming

Fortrose Free Church

20 June

6-8:30pm

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6. Composting

Muir of Ord Community Orchard/Park

04 July

6:30-8pm

Sign up

           

Deliver the Zero Waste Food Challenge in your community

The HCWP Partners will be running Zero Waste Food Challenge workshops in their areas- but we're keen to share this resource far and wide!

If you would like to deliver the Zero Waste Food Challenge in your community, please get in touch and we'll send you a copy of the resource and guidance notes.

Get in touch

If you are delivering the Zero Waste Food Challenge in your community and are open to participants, please let us know so we can add it to our workshop listing above.

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