BARNSLEY Council is supporting the second national annual Food Waste Action Week.

Every year in the UK, 6.6 million tonnes of household food is thrown away.

The majority of this food could be eaten and is worth about £60 per month to the average family with two children.

Sarah Clayton, Love Food Hate Waste spokesperson, said: “Getting to grips with freezing and defrosting are big factors in preventing food from going to waste at home.

“Freezing and defrosting three commonly thrown away meat items – fresh chicken, bacon and sausages – could reduce waste of those items by as much as 15,000 tonnes per annum.”

More tips can be found on the Waste Less South Yorkshire website.