On the 20 May 2011, the Mosman, Manly, Warringah and Pittwater (SHOROC member councils), along with Willoughby and North Sydney Councils jointly received a Love Food Hate Waste Grant, offered by the Office of Environment and Heritage, to educate local communities on ways to reduce food waste.
An interactive visual display designed by the six Councils will be used at events and workshops to increase public awareness and start discussion around the issues of food waste.
Across Sydney, general rubbish bins on average contain approximately 40% of food waste. This waste is often food that has been thrown out due to over catering, or it has passed its used by date due to over purchasing and/or a lack of knowledge on how best to store foods.
Valuable resources including water and energy that are required to bring food to our table are also wasted. Once the wasted food reaches landfill, food waste is compacted creating an airless decomposition process. In turn this process produces methane gas which often escapes to the atmosphere contributing to unpleasant odours, and greenhouse gas emissions, potentially impacting on climate change.
The Love Food Hate Waste Campaign aims to enable householders to think about food waste and where it ends up, in order to change their purchasing behaviours to not only avoid food waste but also save money, contributing to a better environmental and financial outcome.
The program aims to raise awareness about the impact of food waste in NSW and reduce how much ‘good’ food we waste. Love Food Hate Waste is managed by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW (DECCW) partnering with corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations committed to reducing food waste in NSW.
For tips on how your houshold can avoid food waste explore the Love Food Hate Waste website, you will find useful and practical advice on how to;
- Buy It for great ideas on food shopping
- Cook It to find out how much food you really need and for delicious nutritious recipes that use up leftover ingredients
- Save It for how to keep your food fresh and prevent it from ending up in the bin
- Love food to learn about the issues and how wasting less food helps our environment.
Learn from others and share your own buying, cooking and saving food experiences. Become a Food Lover to add your tips to the website.
For more information on what you can do to reduce food waste visit the Love Food Hate Waste Website
Food waste is a big problem – it is the single largest component of household bins in NSW.
It’s a complex social, economic and environmental problem that is having an increasingly negative impact on our world. As food lovers, we can enjoy the taste of our food and the social side of eating together. We can also buy, cook and save our food better, reducing our environmental impact and saving us time and money.
So just how much do we waste?
More than 800,000 tonnes of food is thrown away by NSW householders each year – that is 315 kilograms of food waste for each household going to landfill or 38 per cent of your kerbside garbage bin! A further 340,000 tonnes of food is thrown away by businesses in Sydney alone. NSW, therefore, throws away over 1.1 million tonnes of food each year.
By wasting food – fresh fruit and vegetables, leftovers, takeaways, packaged and long-life products, drinks and even frozen food – the average NSW household throws away $1036 a year.
By being less wasteful, you can save money and reduce your impact on our environment. Love Food Hate Waste is about providing you with practical tips and tools you can use every day like planning your meals, preparing a shopping list, and learning how to best store your food.