FOOD WASTE COSTS AUSTRALIA AROUND $20 BILLION PER YEAR
The cost of food waste to the Australian economy is estimated to be around $20 billion each year.
Another 2.2 million tonnes is disposed of by the commercial and industrial sector.
Managing Australia’s food waste
There are already a number of activities in Australia to reduce our food waste. These include consumer education, investment in waste treatment infrastructure, waste diversion from the retail and commercial sector, food collection for redistribution, and research into high value uses for food waste.
The effective management of food waste requires:
- support for agricultural efficiency and innovation
- assessment of food ordering, transport and storage practices
- effective and sustainable use of packaging
- partnerships between food and grocery retailers and charitable organisations
- household education, and community initiatives
- diversion of food waste from the commercial sector
- investment in alternative treatment technology and infrastructure
- incentives for alternatives to landfill disposal
- creating value from food waste
- standardisation of data for the measurement of food waste and tracking of waste reduction
CLICK HERE to go to the Department of Environment and Energy website page on Food Waste In Australia
HOW CAN I HELP ?
Simply by disposing of your Food Organics and Green Organics (FOGO) waste in the green organics bin – CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN FOGO TOO!