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The Street that Saved – Norfolk and Suffolk go head to head in food waste challenge

28 July 2021

Residents of a street in Thetford will be going head to head with High Street in Lowestoft in the Street That Saved Challenge this summer.

During the 1 month Street that Saved challenge, participating households on Staniforth Road in Thetford will be given bespoke advice and a free food saving kit to help cut waste. Along the way there will be prizes and different challenges to keep things lively - not to mention a little healthy competition with their rivals over the border.

Cllr Andy Grant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “Throughout August residents will be given tools and tricks to help them cut food waste, helping the planet and their pockets in the process. Only one street will succeed as the regional winner of the challenge that will see households aiming to cut as much food waste as possible for 1 month."

Cllr Terry Jermy, local County Councillor for Thetford West, which includes Staniforth Road, said: “This is a really great initiative which I fully support. Reducing food waste is good for the environment in so many ways but also good for our pocket as individuals. I wish the residents of Staniforth Road well and have every confidence that we can outperform Lowestoft!”

Billie Lawler who works at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford, said: “As soon as I saw the Street that Saved Challenge I knew it was something that our local residents would like to be involved with. There's a great Community Spirit in Thetford and our little corner of it is no exception. Especially as it involves saving money, combating waste and helping save the environment.

“We have a Community Fridge here at CBC and have got to know our neighbours really well over the last few years and we can't wait to see how they work together on this challenge!”

Anita Povey and Carol Burgess, two residents of Staniforth Road, said "We signed up to see if we could save a few pounds, waste less and have some fun along the way. We usually get involved with the community projects locally."

On average Norfolk households waste £730 of edible food every year. This exciting new challenge is part of the work Norfolk County Council’s waste and recycling team does with Food Savvy - a collaborative food waste reduction campaign led by Norfolk County Council, Suffolk Waste Partnership and environmental charity, Hubbub.

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