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Would you believe that Victorian households just throw out 250,000 tonnes of food each year?
That’s $2,136 worth of food wasted in the average Victorian household each year, and Sustainability Victoria says 65 per cent of that food could still have been eaten.
To mark the UN’s International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (29 September), we’re sharing some tips to cut back on food waste and live more sustainably.
- Plan how many people you’re serving and portion sizes to avoid over-catering. Plan how many people you’re serving and portion sizes to avoid over-catering.
- Reduce your food miles by buying what’s in season, buying locally wherever possible and sourcing your food sustainably.
- Avoid impulse buys. Stick to your shopping list.
- If you have guests, send them home with some leftovers to ensure everything gets eaten.
- Some waste is unavoidable, but the way you deal with that waste makes a big difference. Put food waste in the green bin, or make your own compost, give your scraps to a community composting site or dispose of food using a compost sharing app like ShareWaste. This goes for what you don’t eat and what you can’t – food items such as banana peels or egg shells.
These Sustainability Victoria tips on food shopping and storage are a great way to clean up your act.
Page last updated: 17/09/21