IN BRITAIN each year, households throw away food, most of which could be eaten, to the value of £12billion. That is about 8.3million tons in weight - 8cwt per year for each household, or 17lb a week.

A waste of the food itself, and of the resources which were used to produce and transport it, possibly by air freight. This would be bad enough in a world which was adequately fed, but we live in a hungry world where many are in want.

To encourage the people of Harrow to develop tasty ways of using their leftovers, Harrow Agenda 21 are running a recipe competition, open to all residents of Harrow. Entries will be judged on how well they use leftover food, on economy, convenience and taste.

There are no age limits - all entries are welcome. The prizes are a box of organic vegetables and a supermarket voucher.

Please send your recipe, with a picture of the dish if possible, to:

Recipe competition, Harrow Agenda 21, 27 Northolt Road, South Harrow, HA2 0LH or by email to: wastegroup

The closing date is July 10.

MICK OLIVER Chair of HA21's waste and recycling group and vice-chair of HA21