Love Food Hate Waste

Love-Food-Hate-WasteNSW households throw away a lot of edible food. Almost half of your household garbage bin is filled with wasted food every week. The average NSW household wastes $1036 worth of food each year (Office of Environment and Heritage, 2009). Approximately 800,000 tonnes of household food waste is disposed to landfill across NSW every year. This equates to $2.5 billion worth of produce that is thrown away.

What’s in your bin?

The average Liverpool household disposes of approximately 5 kilograms of food a week (APC Environmental Management September 2012).

Why do we waste food?

  • We buy too much food
  • We cook too much food
  • We store food incorrectly

Why should you care?

Food waste has very significant environmental, economic and social impacts.


  • Large amounts of energy, water and natural resources go into growing, packaging, transporting and marketing the food that we are throwing away.
  • Food waste in landfill is a major contributor to the generation of methane – a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Costs Money:  

  • In Sydney it is estimated that $1 billion worth of edible food is thrown away each year.
  • Further costs are involved in the disposal of food waste.


  • 2 million Australians don’t have enough food to eat and yet we throw away large amounts of food are easily thrown away every year.

Here are some quick tips on how you can avoid wasting food:

  • Prepare a weekly menu plan, write a shopping list and stick to it!
  • Check your cupboards and know what you have before going grocery shopping.
  • Measure and prepare correct serving sizes.
  • Eat leftovers the next day, or freeze them for another day!
  • Make soups or stews with wilted vegetables. Juice blemished fruits.

Liverpool Council has partnered with the Environment Protection Authority to provide you with resources that will assist you in reducing your food waste at home. The Love Food Hate Waste program has information sheets on how to store your food correctly, how to improve your shopping practices, menu planners and recipes for cooking with leftovers. For more information click on the links below:

  • Love Food Hate Waste Information Sheet
  • Food Waste Avoidance Benchmark Study
  • Menu Planner

To find some great recipes that involve cooking with leftovers, visit
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Menu Planner

Love Food Hate Waste Fact Sheet

Last updated on 2017-11-27AEDT16:10:22+1100

Last updated on 27 Nov 2017