Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Champion Family !!

Congratulations to the Johansson family who have been selected to take part in a regional challenge on food waste.

Different households have been selected from across the Yorkshire and Humber region and the Johansson family have been chosen as local representatives from all the applicants across Northern Lincolnshire.

Tina Johansson and her daughter Serena, nine, live in Grimsby and are keen foodies. Tina works full-time and is a single parent.

Tina said: “I love cooking but I always seem to end up making the same things every week, so I’d like to learn some new recipes. I’m a rather greedy shopper. I buy too much and then don’t use it, or freeze it.

“I applied for the challenge because I like being taken out of my comfort zone, and being challenged. I also know that if Serena can enjoy cooking then she might be more interested in trying different foods too – she does love crisps!”

Their progress will be covered in the Yorkshire Post and here on our blog

The challenge will be completed on European Waste Reduction Week, which runs from November 20 to 28 and is part of the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, which has recently been launched in North East Lincolnshire.

The campaign demonstrates how an average family can save up to £50 by planning and storing food carefully.

Residents may have noticed the distinctive characters used by the campaign in a number of locations, including Immingham Pelham Surgery and Grimsby town centre.

Pledge to win
Residents with access to the internet can pledge to reduce their food waste by choosing one of their favourite tips from the campaign.

The regional campaign has a range of prizes available, including cookery lessons in sugar crafts, organic hampers and many other prizes, for those who sign up to the pledge.

Just visit to make your pledge and have a chance of winning.

For more information on the campaign, recipes and ideas to save money and food you can visit

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

10:10 Climate change campaign this week

Well we've launched the 10:10 campaign this week- a commitment by our Council to reduce carbon emissions by 10% in 2010. Pictured here are Left to right : Me, Liz Jones (Deputy Chief Executive), and Councillor DeFreitas (leader of the council).

To celebrate we're spending the week in Grimsby town centre's Renaissance shop with other departments and groups including Home energy, the Energy Savings trust, the fire service and Food for fitness (anyone I forgot??).

There's a free prize draw courtesy of council partners, including 10 megariders worth £44, wind up radio, solar garden lights, water powered alarm clock, washer and drier balls, solar charger and other 10:10 'green' prizes.

You can have a go on a driving simulator to learn economic driving habits and enter the competition with the chance to win a SatNav!

The first 20 people to sign up to the 10:10 campaign in the shop each day will win a wind up torch.

Also you can watch our intrepid officers make more delicious smoothies from fresh fruit, then have a taste, with Love Food Hate Waste!

We're there 10-4 every day until Saturday 11th September,Victoria Street, Grimsby so come along and join in!

Thursday, 2 September 2010

1,500 greener bottles...

Making up a wall! or a roof!

We're building a prototype greenhouse out of 2litre plastic bottles!

If this proves successful then we're hoping to have schools across North East Lincolnshire building their own.

Updates will follow, but the first stage is collecting the bottles. it's estimated that the project will need about 1,500, so council staff get collecting please!

Any excuse to drink more lemonade...