TEN THOUSAND takeaway bags will be distributed to restaurants after local children entered a competition to design bags as part of a food waste initiative.
The Great Fareham Food Rescue received 1,500 entries for the competition, in partnership with Sainsbury’s, which is to encourage customers to take their leftovers home to reduce food waste at restaurants.
Whiteley Primary pupil Enya Chui came up with the winning design which will feature on takeaway bags at Fareham College Avenue 141, The Osborne View, Richmond Restaurant, Lysses House Hotel, Villa Romana and The Golden Lion.
The 10-year-old was presented with a certificate from The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Geoff Fazackarley, in The Mayor’s parlour yesterday.
Enya said: ‘I am really excited to see my design when I eat out with my family.
‘It’s a great idea to take away your food so it doesn’t have to go in the bin.’
Fareham Borough Council launched the initiative last year and Cllr Tiffany Harper, executive member for streetscene, said: ‘We were thrilled that so many schools and restaurants have got involved in this project.
‘I’d especially like to say well done to Enya for her winning design.
‘We hope by making these eye-catching bags available in local restaurants it will encourage people to take their leftovers home, and at the same time reduce waste and save money!’
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: ‘It’s great to see Fareham come together as a community to tackle the growing issue of food waste.
‘Initiatives such as the design a takeout bag competition are a great way to encourage people of all ages to get involved. Enya’s winning design is fantastic and we hope the takeaway bags encourage people to waste less food by taking leftover food home from restaurants to eat at another time.’