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Top tips for saving on food waste

Carlisle City Council are encouraging everyone to remember to recycle this Christmas.

This time of year sees more waste produced than any other time of the year, with food waste playing a major part.

The council say we could save up to £50 buy storing and preserving food properly instead of throwing it out.

  • If you're not using food straight away put it in the freezer
  • Make sure you only make as much food as you actually need - but if you make double put some in the freezer for a quick fix dinner later
  • Use your left overs - turn them into tasty treats the next day
  • Plan your meals for the week, make a list of the ingredients you'll need and stick to it
  • Double check your cupboards so you don't but anything twice.
  • Check best before dates and eat things before they go out of date
  • Keep your fridge at the correct temperature

To find more ways to save money on food visit the Love Food Hate Waste website and for more recycling tips visit the Resource Cumbria website.

Shoppers told how to save money on food bills

Supermarket shoppers are being shown how to save £50 a month on food bills Credit: ITV News

Shoppers at a Carlisle supermarket are being given advice on how to save money on their food bills.

People at the Sainsbury's store in Caldewgate have been told how they can save as much as £50 a month on food.

It's part of Carlisle City Council's scheme to encourage more people to have a 'green' Christmas.

"This has been a very difficult decision for the council to make"

Scottish Borders Council have revealed plans to stop collections of garden waste.

The local authority hope to save £450,000 a year by stopping their garden waste service.

They have also revealed proposals to provide food waste bins to a number of Border towns, and there are plans to open a recycling centre in Kelso.

The plans go before councillors next week.

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Coffee cups to be recycled by Cumbrian firm

People using disposable cups from coffee shops or fast food outlets is a very common site these days, but not many people know what happens to them when we are finished our drinks.

The answer is that they end up in landfill sites.

However, a paper making firm near Kendal has come up with a way of recycling these cups and turning them into high quality goods.

Tim Backshall reports:

Coffee cups to be recycled by Cumbrian firm

A Cumbrian paper factory, visited by the Queen last month, says it has come up with the world's first coffee cup recycling scheme.

James Croppers, at Burneside near Kendal, will turn them into high quality paper.

"We will be recycling one billion cups a year, around 40 per cent of the UK's coffee cups. But there are 500 billion around in the world, so potential is vast."

– Chairman Mark Cropper

"This is the latest in a long history of innovation that has kept James Cropper ahead of the game for nearly 170 years and six generations. We were one of the world's first producers of coloured paper.

"We were also a pioneer in the production of paper-like non-woven materials from carbon and other fibres.

"Today these are used in industries as diverse as US defence programmes to the latest composite cars and aeroplanes."

– Phil Wild, CEO

Recycling centre fire: footage

Firefighters are tackling a large fire at a recycling centre in Carlisle this lunchtime. It broke out shortly before 11 o'clock at North West Recycling on the Kingmoor Park industrial estate.

Fire crews from Carlisle, Brampton and Gretna were called to the scene and are using four main jets. Approximately one hundred square meters of mixed recycling is said to be well alight.

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