In Australia over 5 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill, enough to fill 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. One in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $3,800 worth of groceries per household each year. 35% of the average household bin is food waste.
The average Australian produces 1.5 tonnes of waste in a year. Much of this household waste is avoidable, like plastic packaging and food waste. Australians still let $8 billion worth of edible food hit the bin each year.
The majority of waste that is not recycled or re-used in Australia is disposed of in the nation's landfills. Landfills can impact on air, water and land quality. Landfill gas, mainly methane, is produced by decomposing organic waste which contributes to global warming when released to the air.
What can you do to help
1. Check the fridge before you shop and only buy what you need.
2. Plan your meals. It saves time, money and reduces food waste.
3. Check date labels and know the difference between:
4. Use leftovers and be creative with your next meal.
5. Ask for smaller portions or a 'family bag' when eating out.
Reducing food wastage brings a ton of benefits. Considering how much food goes to waste, imagine how much everyone can save in his or her food expenses.
Food waste is indeed a very alarming and terrifying issue everyone is facing. But looking at the brighter side of things, it’s so easy to overcome. There are so many things you can do to help. So spread the word. Awareness is the key. This is our planet, and it’s everyone’s job to protect and preserve it before it’s too late.
“We Sort You”, will always reuse, recycle and renew.