BBC Good Food Show serves up Zero Waste pledge

18th October 2011

The BBC Good Food Show Scotland is backing the drive to help make Scotland a zero waste nation as it rolls into Glasgow’s SECC on 21 October.

The three day event will be the first event of its size to work towards zero waste, by championing steps to ensure both exhibitors and visitors use resources in the most sustainable way.

Visitors to the show will enter on a fully recyclable carpet, recycling bins will provided throughout the SECC and the organisations exhibiting will be asked commit to using recyclable materials and reducing their waste.  

In addition, Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Food Hate Waste Team will be back at the show, providing hints and tips on how to make the most of your food, cut down on food waste and save money with live cooking demonstrations from top chefs including Antony Worrall Thompson and Simon Rimmer.  Food recycling collections will also be organised to ensure nothing is needlessly wasted.

Rachel Poletti-Gadd, Divisional Director of BBC Haymarket, said:

“This is fun event for food lovers, but there’s a serious message underneath that we can all do a bit more to reduce food waste and help protect the environment.  We’re proud to be promoting Love Food Hate Waste and will be encouraging exhibitors and visitors to recycle and minimise waste from the event.”

Betsy Reed, Head of Campaigns at Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“We’re delighted BBC Good Food Show Scotland has committed to actively promoting the importance of waste reduction and recycling.  In Scotland, we currently produce almost 20 million tonnes of waste every year, over two million tonnes of which is food waste.  We can only reduce this figure through individuals, communities and businesses taking positive action such as this.

“With the thousands of visitors flooding through the doors over the three days, it’s a great opportunity for us to get this message across and I’m sure everyone will leave inspired on how to make the most of mealtimes without needlessly throwing food, and money, away.”

Zero Waste Scotland has been set up by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan, which aims to set Scotland on track to achieve a 70% recycling rate by 2025.  

The BBC Good Food Show Scotland is on from 21-23 October 2011 at the SECC in Glasgow, visit for tickets and information.

For further information, contact Ashleigh Colquhoun at Consolidated PR on 0131 240 6420 or email

Notes for Editors

About Zero Waste Scotland:

  •  Zero Waste Scotland works with businesses, communities, individuals and local authorities to help them reduce waste, recycle more and use resources sustainably.
  •   Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan.