WREXHAM businesses and residents are being encouraged to get behind a campaign to reduce food waste.

The organisation WRAP works with governments, businesses and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency.

In May this year it launched its Guardians Of Grub food waste reduction campaign which aims to tackle the £3 billion of food that gets thrown away at hospitality and food service outlets.

The organisation is continuing this message by asking businesses to 'Stand Up For Food' and join forces to save our planet from the problem of food waste.

Cllr David A Bithell, lead member for environment and transport at Wrexham Council, said, “We encourage all Wrexham food outlets and businesses to look into WRAP’s Guardians Of Grub national campaign, which gives advice on how they can prevent food waste.

"With September being Stand Up For Food month too, it’s the perfect time to get involved.”

The council is encouraging residents to take the message on board to apply at home too.

Some food waste is inevitable – bones, peelings or tea bags for example - and according to the council, the county is getting much better at recycling these in food caddies.

But the authority is inviting the public to do better with some of the other things.

A spokesman for the council said: "If you constantly have uneaten fruit or vegetables, perhaps you’re buying too much in the first place.

"Or could you freeze the extra vegetables to use at a later date?

"Only buying the amount you need is a great way we can all cut down on our own food waste and have a cheaper shopping bill in the process."

Cllr Bithell added: “In Wrexham, more people are starting to recycle their food waste, which is fantastic news.

"With free caddies and caddy liners available, people are starting to get on board with recycling their food waste.”