Your Food Your Waste Workshops

Posted by David Thompson | 13/10/2014 | Category: Community

It might surprise you to learn that as much as one million tonnes of what was once good food and drink, without a single bite even being taken, goes to waste from our homes. So what actions can we take now to stop wasting so much food?

As part of our corporate responsibility strategy and fight against food waste, Central England Co-operative is proud to announce a new initiative in partnership with WRAP’s ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign, designed to help educate and engage schools around Birmingham on food waste prevention.

To kick off the partnership, we are working with Year 6 students in Oldbury, Erdington, Stirchley and Northfield schools.  Our aim is to improve waste reduction in local communities by encouraging more sustainable behaviour from local people at an earlier age.

Classes will be involved in a variety of practical activities and interactive workshops, such as learning how to make delicious smoothies using leftover fruit and veg.

Using vegetables and fruit to make smoothies is an easy way for children to get their five a day as well as reducing the volume of food and drink that ends up in the bin. Interested in changing your kitchen habits and saving money in the process? Well, why not try one of Central England Co-operative’s favourite smoothies for yourself….

Central England Co-operative’s favourite smoothies


1) Rainbow Smoothie, from our friends at ‘Love Food Hate Waste’

Serves: 2Rainbow Smoothie


• 2 ripe kiwi fruit (peeled)
• Dash water
• 1 ripe banana (peeled)
• 75ml (2floz) apple juice
• 100g (3oz) frozen berries (or fresh)


1. Add the peeled kiwi fruit to your blender with a dash of water and blend until smooth, and then pour into a glass.

2. Add the peeled banana and apple juice to the blender (no need to rinse) and blend. Carefully pour over the back of a spoon into the glass, on top of the kiwi.

3. Next blend the berries and pour them over a spoon so they rest on top of the banana.

4. You will have a delicious rainbow smoothie which anyone will love!

2) Halloween Spectacular Smoothie

Serves: 2Halloween Spectacular Smoothie


• 1/2 cup of apple juice
• 1 cup chopped carrots
• 1/4 cup apple sauce
• 1/4 inch of peeled ginger
• 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


1. Peel and chop the carrots and ginger, and place in the blender bowl.

2. Place all other ingredients in a blender and blend away!

3. This spectacular Halloween smoothie will be a real treat for you and your friends.

3) Groovy Green Smoothie

Serves: 2Groovy Green Smoothie


• 1 banana (sliced)
• 150g (5 oz) green grapes
• 1 (200g) tub vanilla yoghurt
• 1/2 apple (cored and chopped)
• 50g (2 oz) spinach leaves (fresh)


1. Place the banana, grapes, yoghurt, apple and spinach into a blender.

2. Cover, and blend until smooth, stopping frequently to push down anything stuck to the sides. Pour into glasses and serve.

3. This Groovy Green Smoothie is a bright delight and will leave your taste buds tingling.

Come see students' food waste artwork on display


Looking at portion sizes, expiry dates and where our food comes from, students will also be producing creative artwork focusing on food waste that will be showcased in the school as well as Central England Co-operative’s own local stores.

Want to get involved? To help raise awareness and knowledge of waste reduction for local communities, we are inviting customers to come and view students’ artwork in their nearest retail food stores taking part in the campaign (Oldbury, Erdington, Stirchley and Northfield).

Paired with our exclusive school smoothie voucher offer available in store, students will also be entitled to £3 worth of fruit and vegetables to start putting our advice on how to prevent food waste into practice.

Sound mighty tasty, don't they? Students were then able to put what they had learnt into producing some fantastic collage artwork that we are proud to display in our local stores. Well done to all the students who took part!

Stay tuned for more details and photos on the rest of our upcoming visits to schools in the Birmingham area by visiting our new Your Food Your Waste website.


Please find a full list of all the schools we are visiting, including the dates and location, below:

• Kings Norton Primary School in Northfield on Wednesday 15th October

• St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Stirchley on Tuesday 21st October

• Springfield Primary School in Oldbury on Wednesday 22nd  October

• Erdington Hall Primary School in Erdington on Friday 7th November

To learn more about the effects of food waste on the environment or for further information on the importance of preventing food from becoming waste, visit our Love Food Hate Waste website.