Households around the Shannonside Northern Sound region are being advised to minimise food waste this Christmas

Householders are being urged not to buy over and above what they need over the Christmas period.

Shannonside Northern Sound households are being advised to minimise food waste this Christmas.

Every year, Irish homes and businesses throw out over 1 million tonnes of food and householders waste 700 euro each every year, peaking at Christmas time.

Environment Officer with Longford County Council Gary Brady says is asking people to be savvy when going to the shops: