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How do we do better with our food waste?

Date: 16-May-17
Author: Ryan Collins

Costa Georgiadis putting food scraps into a worm farm © Planet Ark

Costa Georgiadis putting food scraps into a worm farm

According to ABC TV's War On Waste series, each week the average Australian family throws out 20% of the food they buy. That’s one in every five bags of groceries! This adds up to 3.3 million tonnes of food a year, enough to fill the MCG 6 times over. So what can we do to, basically, just do better?

Food waste can be divided into three categories: avoidable food waste (food that could be eaten); potentially avoidable food waste (food that could be eaten but is not commonly consumed e.g. pumpkin skins); and unavoidable food waste (food products that cannot be eaten).

The Problem

Australian households throw out $3,500 worth of food every year (enough to pay for a nice holiday!) which together amounts to more than $10 billion!

The Revolution

In April 2017, Ozharvet opened Australia’s first ever rescued food supermarket, stocked with produce that has either been donated or would otherwise go to waste, but is perfectly edible.

Join the Revolution!


Ryan                                              Collins
Author: Ryan Collins

Ryan is the Head of Sustainable Resource Programs at Planet Ark. After nearly a decade working in the banking and finance industry Ryan was drawn to a career in environmental conservation that saw him work in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji. With a background in psychology and environmental management, Ryan’s role at Planet Ark since 2012 has been focused on developing engaging and positive environmental behaviour change programs to help everyone recycle and reduce waste.