The fast facts of food waste

20% of all food purchased in Australia is discarded

Food waste costs the economy $20 billion each year

Up to 40% of all household waste is food

The average household spends enough money on wasted food each year to pay 6-9 months worth of electricity bills

30% Of perfectly edible produce is turned away from supermarkets because it doesn’t meet the strict size, colour and shape criteria

Rotting food in landfill produces methane, which is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas

If food waste were a country, it would the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases

The only way to efficiently recycle food waste without harming the environment is to compost it

Nearly 800 million people world wide are undernourished and don’t have enough food to eat (roughly 1 in 9 people)

It takes 20 years for a head of lettuce to decompose in landfill

Demand for food relief is currently at its highest. Oz harvest has experienced a 46% increase in new charities needing food since March 2020

How to reduce your food waste

  • Buy less food when shopping and keep track of use by dates
  • Plan meals ahead of time
  • Compost kitchen waste
  • Freeze any fruits and vegetables you are not going to eat before they spoil
  • Save leftovers for lunches
  • Check the appropriate storage for foods
  • Keep your serving sizes in check and don’t prepare more food than you need
  • Understand the difference between use by and best before and use by dates
  • Be less fussy about the appearance of produce, odd shaped vegetables are perfectly fine to eat
  • Get involved with local food bank charities

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