Australian households waste 2.5 million tonnes of food each year, or more than four kilograms per household per week.
Love Food Hate Waste
Did you know that approximately half of what’s in our general waste wheelie bins is compostable organics?
You can step up to fight food waste by making these simple changes at home that will also save you money.
Love your leftovers
- Make it easy to find food that needs to be used up – create a shelf in your pantry and fridge for food that needs to be eaten first.
- Get everyone in the household to use food on this shelf first or rotate food by moving the oldest items to the front.
- Make it failproof by using transparent containers to easily see what’s inside.
- Eat the oldest items first.
- Freeze excess food.
- Cook one meal each week that combines foods that need to be used up.
- Use your leftovers as a tasty lunch.
Preserve any unused vegetables by pickling or preserving food
Meal plan to shop smart
- Check your pantry, then make a plan!
- Use our free meal planner and plan meals to use up ingredients you already have.
- Get the family to help choose the menu so you know they will eat up the food.
- Avoid recipes that need a special ingredient that you may not have or use again, or substitute with something else.
- Take stock before you shop. Check what ingredients are in your fridge, freezer and pantry to make sure you don’t buy more of the same.
- Write a shopping list and stick to it when you shop. Don’t shop when you’re hungry or you might end up buying more than necessary.
Store food correctly
- Keep food where you can see it. You know how it goes – out of sight out of mind. Use clear containers and keep labels facing forward.
- Freeze food for later. Label what it is, date it and add it to your next menu plan.
- Prevent ‘freezer burn’ by freezing food in airtight containers or wrapping foods tightly.
- Remember to defrost frozen food in the fridge, especially meat and dairy.
- Separate fresh produce – certain fruits and vegetables such as ripe bananas, apples and avocadoes let off high amounts of ethylene, which can accelerate the ripening of produce nearby.
- Make sure your fruit bowl is not overcrowded, so ethylene gas can move around.
- Use the crisper drawer in the fridge for fresh produce – it helps trap the humidity inside keeping them fresh for longer.
- Ensure your fridge door seal is working and the temperature is not too hot or too cold. Your fridge should be between 1 – 5°C.
Keep fresh bread in a cool place – ideally wrap bread in a tea towel and place in a breadbox or freeze it.