Reducing food waste

The types of foods you buy and eat, and how you use and get rid of foods have an impact on the environment.

Wasting less when you buy, cook and share food helps you:

  • save money
  • lower your carbon footprint
  • protect the environment for future generations.


Did you know...?

According to Sustainability Victoria, Victorian households throw out 250,000 tonnes of food each year. The annual cost of food waste for an average household is $2,136. Two-thirds of the food that gets thrown away is edible.


What is the impact?

When we waste food, we also waste resources used to grow our food including water, soils and energy. Wasting food increases greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to climate change. 


What can you do?

In the community

  • Smaller portions - Share large portions at restaurants or order an entrée size.
  • Shop smart - Plan your meals, check what you have at home before you shop, and only buy as much as you need.
  • Buy ‘ugly’ produce - Imperfect fruits and vegetables are just as good for you and can be cheaper. Eat more parts of produce like skins, stalks and leaves.
  • Donate - If you have too much of something, share or swap it with neighbours and friends.


At home

  • Organise the fridge and pantry - When you put new food into your fridge, move older items up to the front and tuck the new ones in the back. Use up fresh produce first.
  • Read the label - ‘Use by’ means food can be eaten safely up until this date. ‘Best before’ means the quality of food is higher before this date but is still safe to eat after.
  • Save left overs - Keep leftovers for other meals or use them to create new dishes.
  • Compost - Compost your scraps in your backyard or at local community gardens.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 26 July 2022