Thurrock has signed up with the "Love Food, Hate Waste" national campaign.
Around a third of all the food we buy ends up being thrown away and most of this could have been eaten - it's not just peelings, cores and bones.
90% of us just don't realise how much good food we throw out, yet in the UK we throw away 6.7 million tonnes of food each year.
It's not just an issue of good food going to waste, or that this costs us as consumers a significant amount of money, but that there are serious environmental implications.
The amount of food we throw away is a major contributor to the production of greenhouse gases in the UK.
For more information visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com