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Reducing your food print

Each year in Victoria, households throw out 250,000 tonnes worth of food. That's enough wasted food to fill Melbourne's Eureka Tower. In Bayside, we throw out 5kg per household per week! So what can we do?

What is food waste?

Food waste is any food purchased for human consumption and not eaten. This includes food scraps, peelings, mouldy food, meat bones, and the uneaten part of the meal you lovingly produced for your family – basically any food item not eaten. It also includes food that is fed to your pets, chooks or worms.

How much of our waste is food?

In Bayside, almost 50% of the contents of our garbage bins is made up of food waste, and 65% of this is avoidable food waste – food that was purchased with the intention of being eaten but was thrown out.

Most of the time, it's not intentional. No one likes to see good food go to waste. We buy delicious food to feed ourselves and our families and then life gets in the way.

We can all learn how to reduce the amount of avoidable food waste we throw out and how to make the most of our unavoidable food waste through composting and worm farming.

Reducing the amount of food waste going to landfill is a must given its significant financial and environmental impact.

The disposal of food waste imposes considerable costs on the community through waste collection, waste disposal and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with rotting.

Taking control of your food waste is an easy and effective way to have a positive impact in your community. Beyond the environmental benefits, reducing food waste is a great way to save money, resources and time.

So why do we throw away so much food?

There are some common reasons why we waste food. These are:

  • Forgetting about food we have in the fridge or freezer.
  • Forgetting to check the cupboard or fridge before going shopping.
  • Not planning our meals and menus.
  • Not using food before the use-by or best-before date.
  • Buying or cooking more than we need.
  • Not using leftovers.

How to reduce your food waste

Join the "Don't Feed the Bin" online community we’ll teach you how to plan better, shop smarter, store better, use those last ingredients and save money in no time.