Each year Australians send 4 million tonnes of food to landfill. That’s $8 billion worth of fresh food, leftovers, packaged and long-life products, drinks, frozen food and takeaways.
Up to 40% of the average household bin is food. For the average Australian household that means around $1000 worth of food is thrown away every year – enough to feed the average household for over a month.
Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase. That equates to 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries.
Food waste impacts our environment. When food rots without air in landfill, it gives off a greenhouse gas called methane, which is 25 times more carbon dioxide that comes out of your car exhaust.
An estimated 20-40% of fruit and vegetables are rejected before the reach shop shelves, mostly because they don’t match supermarkets and consumers high cosmetic standards. Our decisions can help make a difference.