Food lovers who make meals out of leftovers are being asked to share their favourite recipes in a Sheffield competition.
Entrants could win £100 in shopping vouchers, and have their recipe cooked and sampled by a live audience during a demonstration at Sheffield Food Festival in September.
There will also be the chance for competition winners to take part in a Taste Real Food UK Masterclass.
Sheffield Council and waste contractor Veolia are holding the ‘Love Your Leftovers’ recipe competition this week, to coincide with National Recycle Week.
A Veolia spokeswoman said: “Each year we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes which could have been eaten.
“Not only is this bad for our pockets, costing the average home £50 a week, but it is bad for the environment, too.
“The energy used to produce food from farm to fork emits greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change.
“If we stopped throwing away all this food, we would save around 17 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. That is the same as taking one car out of every five off the road.”
The best recipes entered into the competition will also appear in a Love Your Leftovers Sheffield Cookbook.
To enter the competition, submit the name of your recipe along with the ingredients, method and a photo of the dish, with your name, address and telephone number.
Post to: Love Your Leftovers Competition, Veolia Environmental Services, Lumley Street, Sheffield, S4 7ZJ or email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, July 26.
■ Veolia is also holding information sessions about reducing food waste, on Fargate tomorrow and at Morrisons, Hillsborough, on Thursday.