Every year Australians throw away an estimated three million tonnes or $5.2 billion of food. Most of us have thrown away uneaten leftovers, spoiled fruit and vegetables or food products that have passed their best-before date. Wasted food is not only a waste of money, it’s a waste of the resources used to grow, harvest, transport, process, store and distribute food.
Reducing food waste
Research by the NSW government has shown that most households buy too much food, cook too much food, and throw away leftovers. With the right information, minimising your food waste can be easy.
- Know how much food to cook for each person
- Store your food appropriately to keep it fresher for longer
- Think of tasty ways to use your leftovers
- Work out a weekly meal plan for your household
- Make a shopping list and stick to it
- Work out a divide-and-share system with a friend or neighbour if you’re buying perishable items in bulk.
For more information on how to reduce your food waste, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website. You’ll find a handy hints on buying and storing food, a portion calculator, great recipe ideas and surprising food facts.
If you have non-perishable food items that you no longer need such as tins, rice or pasta, you may be able to donate them to a local charity. Ring first to check whether they take food donations, and if so, which items are acceptable.
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