Waste less, Save more project

Our drive with partners to reduce household waste across the District has left us with a positive and lasting legacy.

Made possible by a £1 million investment by Sainsbury’s and running between January and December 2016, projects were developed to:

  • reduce food waste
  • help people reduce their food bills
  • deliver health benefits
  • be innovative
  • be fun

New technology was tested, recipes were created from the most commonly thrown away foods and schools welcomed the Menu Magician, Fab Foods and our Food Saver Champions in their pop-up restaurant catering vehicle. These initiatives helped the average family and Swadlincote schools to slash their annual food waste bill.

Our ideas and what we learned were shared with communities right across the UK to make a real difference. 

Click here (pdf, 2.1mb) to see the results of the trials carried out in Swadlincote and read the report published by Sainsbury’s.

Our Picnic Rescue, Menu Magic and Fab Foods projects have won national awards for best practice. The work is continuing through the Sainsbury's Discovery Communities scheme and other towns and cities across the UK are running programmes developed and tested in Swadlincote.

Follow all the latest updates on the project by liking our Swadlincote Waste less, Save more Facebook page and for details of specific projects, visit our Fab Food Schools Programme, Picnic Rescue and SnapBox pages. You will also find lots of ideas, recipes and money-saving tips on the Sainsbury’s Waste less, Save more website.