Food Waste

Food is the most wasted commodity in Australian households.  1 in 5 grocery bags of food ends up in the bin, costing an average of $3500 per household each year. That is equivalent to $5.3 billion of food wasted in Australia every year. Whilst many garbage sorting facilities are improving their organic composting processes, most of the food that goes in your garbage bin will end up in landfill.

Reduce Food Waste

One of the best things you can do to reduce the amount of food wasted in your home is to consider how you are buying, cooking and storing food. Here are 5 tips to increase your efficiency and reduce waste:

  1. Plan your weekly meals to save time and money
    1. Write a shopping list and check the fridge and cupboard before you go
    2. Measure serving sizes - use the Love Food Hate Waste serving size calculator
    3. Store your food correctly - air tight containers help keep food fresher for longer
    4. Use your leftovers for an easy week night meal

If you’d like to find out more, you can join the Food Lover’s Republic or the Love Food Hate Waste challenges. You can also download a copy of pdf format Loving Leftovers - Recipes for Kids in The Kitchen

Composting and Worm Farming

Composting, worm farming or using a bokashi bin are ideal ways to turn unavoidable food scraps into nutrient-rich fertiliser for your garden. You can buy subsidised composting systems through Council or via the Compost Revolution (which incorporates on-line tutorials and trouble-shooting guides).