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Reducing Food Waste

Learn how to reduce the amount of avoidable food waste you throw out through smart planning, smart shopping, smart cooking and smart storage by checking out our Food Waste Reduction Hints and Tips and join our online sustainable living community.

In Bayside, approximately 50% of the contents of our garbage bins is made up of food waste. Half of this (25% of the contents of our garbage bins) is avoidable food waste. This is food that was purchased with the intention of being eaten but was instead discarded.

Did you know that Baysiders throw out 14% more food waste than the average Victorian?

Did you know that each year global food loss and food waste produces 4 times more greenhouse gas emissions than the whole international aviation industry?

So what’s the solution? 

Check out our Food Waste Reduction Hints and Tips below where you will learn how to plan better, shop smarter, store better, use those last ingredients and also save money!

Getting started with smart planning

People often cook more than they eat. Getting your portions right is key to reducing the amount of food you throw out. Not only does this help cut down on the quantity of food that ends up uneaten in your bin, but it can also save you money.

The Foodwise meal planner helps you capture your favourite meals and translate them into a shopping list that can be easily accessed on a mobile device, printed out, or e-mailed to someone on the go.

The meal planner helps make shopping easier so you can spend more time enjoying the things you love.

The feature meal planner has a collection of 5-day plans designed to make your cooking week simple and tasty. Themes include seasonal produce and making the most of leftovers.

By regularly using these tools, you can take the guess work out of shopping and cooking and stop feeding the bin.

Tips to being a smart shopper

  • Take a list with you and always check what is already in your fridge or pantry before hitting the shops.
  • Prepare your list based on your meal plan and stick to your list when you’re in the store.
  • Don’t be tempted by ‘special’ offers or go shopping when you’re hungry — you’ll come back with more than you need.

Smart cooking


The Foodwise recipe database works with what you already have in the house to make quick and delicious meals. By entering in key ingredients that are in your fridge or pantry, the database recommends new meals and also suggests options for transforming your leftovers into a scrumptious second meal.

Vegan and gluten free recipes are tagged. You can simply select these when you search the recipe finder.

The recipe database also offer tips and tricks on how to prepare, cook, and store the top 25 most wasted ingredients. Want to eat in season?

The seasonal recipe guide is updated monthly and highlights the pick of the produce for each season with a selection of recipes and tips.

Using leftovers

Instead of scraping leftovers into the bin, why not use them for tomorrow’s ingredients?

  • A bit of tuna could be added to pasta and made into a pasta bake.
  • Vegetables that are starting to wilt can be made into soup.
  • Fruit that is just going soft can be made into smoothies or fruit pies.

Check out this guide to commonly wasted foods and learn about how you can get more from the things we waste the most.