Food is the most wasted commodity in Australian households. 1 in 5 grocery bags of food ends up in the bin, costing an average of $3500 per household each year. That is equivalent to $5.3 billion of food wasted in Australia every year.
Reduce Food Waste
One of the best things you can do to reduce the amount of food wasted in your home is to consider how you are buying, cooking and storing food. Here are 5 tips to increase your efficiency and reduce waste:
- Plan your weekly meals to save time and money
- Write a shopping list and check the fridge and cupboard before you go
- Measure serving sizes - visit Love Food Hate Waste UK for their handy portion planner
- Store your food correctly - air tight containers help keep food fresher for longer
- Use your leftovers for an easy week night meal
If you’d like to find out more go to Love Food Hate Waste
The best option for dealing with unavoidable food waste (e.g. coffee grounds, tea bags, apple cores etc) is to use a compost bin or worm farm.
Donate and Share
A surprising number of people in Sydney live below the poverty line and go hungry. We can all be part of the solution. You may have a glut of produce from your garden you want to donate. There are some great organisations rescuing and redistributing food around Sydney. Giving your time, money or food to organisations is often the most effective way to provide support, see how you can help.
Community Food Swap
Swap your excess produce - held on the first Friday of every month at The Dougherty Community Centre