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Got loving food and hating waste wrapped this festive period – send us your selfies and share tips

Eating, drinking and being merry is what the festive period is all about but that doesn’t mean we have to waste more. People throughout Herefordshire will be creating their own signature dishes over Christmas making the most of their lovely leftovers and a call has gone out to share pictures of their creations through social media.

Herefordshire Council is promoting the Love Food Hate Waste message over the holidays so everyone knows about the savings that can be made by following the simple advice on offer.

On average families could save £700 a year by reducing the food they throw away. They will also bring down what it costs to dispose of food waste; something which cost several million in Herefordshire alone last year.

Christmas is traditionally the time that we celebrate with friends and family but it's also a time when would-be chefs take to the kitchen and come up with their own seasonal delights from what's left on plates or in the fridge.

Maybe it's a corking curry, sensational stew, tasty turkey sarnie or some other tasty recipe made up from festive fayre.

We want people to share their selfies and recipes either via the @HfdsCouncil account using #LoveFoodHateWaste or through the new dedicated Facebook page Herefordshire and Worcestershire Love Food Hate waste Community page (www.facebook.com/HWLFHW).

Cllr Harry Bramer cabinet member contracts and assets: "We'll all be cooking up our very own Christmas creations over the next few weeks making the most of our food during the celebrations.

"It may be the case that people are already following the ethos of Love Food Hate Waste and saving cash without actually realising. We want people to get sharing via social media showing off their culinary creations using lovely leftovers or posting their tips and recipes.

"It's staggering to think the average family household could save up to £700 each year by reducing their food waste. Small changes can make a big difference so I'd urge everyone to get thinking, saving and sharing."

For a host of top Love Food Hate Waste information and tips visit www.letswasteless.com. The great advice on the Love Food Hate Waste App can also help. iPhone and Android versions of the App can be downloaded through Apple App Store or Google Play.

Tags: Environment and waste, Community and living