Love Food Hate Waste campaign

Love Food Hate Waste

Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness of avoidable food waste from Victorian households. Each year Victorian households send over 250,000 tonnes of avoidable food waste to landfill, presenting a financial loss for households and also impacting on our environment.

When food is thrown in the bin it is sent to landfill. Because of the way food waste breaks down in landfill, it can create methane; a greenhouse gas. Unless well managed it can lead to potential environmental and public health risks as methane and leachate can migrate from landfills into the surrounding environment.

Food waste in Victoria

  • Each year Victorian households throw away 250,000 tonnes of edible food – enough to fill Melbourne’s Eureka Tower.
  • The average household in Victoria throws away $2,136 a year in wasted food.
  • Almost two thirds of the food Victorian households throw away could have been eaten.

Benefits of reducing food waste

Save money

The average Victorian home is throwing away almost $42 per week and collectively, as a state, that adds up to $5.4 billion annually. $700 million of that is made up of just leftovers alone.

Luckily, there are ways you can start to put this money back in your pocket. It starts with simple planning and continues through smart shopping and storage and some simple resourceful cooking.

Whilst you’re at it, you’ll likely find you save money on your grocery spend, and do your bit helping the planet.

Save the planet

Food waste adds a huge strain on our natural resources. An enormous amount of water, energy, land and fuel go into making every bunch of bananas, or every loaf of bread we buy. So, when we throw this food away, we’re wasting precious resources, and also creating toxic greenhouse gasses in the process.

When you choose to reduce the amount of food you waste, you’re choosing the planet. This in turn generates greater public health and creates a more sustainable future.

About Love Food Hate Waste

The campaign is brought to you by the Victorian Government and delivered by Sustainability Victoria. It is linked to the successful campaign of the same name developed in the United Kingdom by WRAP UK and delivered in New South Wales by the Environment Protection Authority.