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Theatre staff support World Environment Day with donation to Food Bank

Posted on 18 June 2013

Wednesday 5 June was World Environment Day and this year the focus was on food waste, as according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted.

At its latest meeting, members of the Belgrade’s Green Team decided to support this worldwide initiative by asking members of staff to recycle some of their unwanted food items by donating them to Coventry’s Food Bank. This has resulted in a big box full of items, including pasta, pasta sauce, porridge, rice and tins of vegetables and beans, all of which are due to be delivered to the Food Bank and distributed amongst families in Coventry.

Ruth Saunders Communications Officer and Green Team member said, “Its been reported in the news recently that more than half a million people now rely on food banks for sustenance, so we felt that this was a great way to support our local food bank, which is one of the busiest in the country, whilst helping to raise awareness of World Environment Day and the importance of not wasting food.”

In a bid to address climate change and reduce its impact on the environment, the Belgrade introduced its own green policy, ‘Striving to be Green’ in 2008 and established its own in-house Green Team, which includes a representative from each department.

A number of initiatives have already been implemented which have helped to save energy, manage natural resources and cut these kinds of overhead costs, which as a charity, is key to the theatre’s sustainability and allows it to divert more resources to the work itself.

Find out more about the theatre’s environmental policy and the efforts being made to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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