Posted: 22/11/2017 at 16:42
I think one of the differences in food waste these days is that people are, on the whole, much better off and can afford to buy food which they will then ditch without a thought. Plenty also don't have much idea of basic cooking skills ( not talking Masterchef or other similar progs which are tending towards the silly nowadays) and are therefore unable to concoct a decent meal from "leftovers" .
The Use by dates are simply a guide and mostly only applicable to fresh food. Those buying meat and not using or cooking correctly are a different matter - just plain silly. Why buy fresh food unless you know how and when you are going to use it ? Whilst I realise not everyone has hours to spend wandering around the shops/SM's ( I don't ), a simple list and stick to it would at least be a starter. We are all guilty of seeing something on a shelf and thinking "Ooh yes" and sticking it in the trolley but doing that on a regular basis neither helps your budget nor the food waste problem.
I don't understand why anyone would have out of date prescribed medicines unless the person had died during medication. Surely you either complete the course of medication or the doctor is over prescribing ?
It's unfortunate that food banks can't really do much with fresh food as such. At least there are "Food Guerillas" who raid the dump bins of SM's - seems they do quite well