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Do Something about Food Waste

Statistics:
  • Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase
  • This equates to 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries they buy
  • Up to 40% of the average household garbage bin is food
  • For the average Australian household $1,036 of food is thrown away each year

What could this be spent on:
  • Enough to feed the average household for over a month
  • Paying off six months of your electricity bill
  • Aussies throw out $8 billion of edible food every year
  • Australia wastes 4 million tonnes of food each year
  • This equates to 523kg per household, which is the same weight as just over 5 average size fridges!

Out of the $8 billion what do we waste every year?
  • $2.67 billion of fresh food = 33%
  • $2.18 billion of leftovers = 27%
  • $1.17 billion of packaged and long-life products = 15%
  • $727 million of drinks = 9%
  • $727 million of frozen food = 9%
  • $566 million of takeaways = 7%

Why is it wasted?
  • We cook too much food
  • Food is mistakenly thrown out before the use-by/best before date
  • We forget about leftovers in the fridge/freezer
  • We don't know how to use leftovers
  • We buy too much because we don't stick to a shopping list
  • We often shop when we're hungry so we buy more food than we need
  • We don't check the cupboard or fridge before going shopping
  • We are not planning our meals and menus as much as we could
  • Buying takeaways at the last minute instead of cooking the food we have in/family members changing plans

Who are the biggest wasters of food?
  • Young consumers (18-24)
  • Households with incomes of more than $100,000 per year
  • Families with children

When food rots in landfill, it gives off a greenhouse gas called Methane which is 25 times more potent than the carbon pollution that comes out of your car exhaust.

The hidden impact?
When you throw out food, you also waste the water, fuel and resources it took to get the food from the paddock to your plate.

An estimated 20-40% of fruit and vegetables are rejected even before they reach the shops mostly because they do not match consumers' and supermarkets' high cosmetic standards.

If you add up the foods Australia wastes each year, it's enough to fill 450,000 garbage trucks. Placed end to end, the convoy would bridge the gap between Australia and New Zealand just over three times.

(www.foodwise.com.au)
(www.afgc.org.au)
(www.ipart.nsw.gov.au)
(http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au/love-food/research.aspx)
(http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au/love-food/environmental-impacts.aspx)
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