Food in landfill breaks down in a way that can create greenhouse gases, including methane, which leads to poor air quality and is bad for our health. When we waste food, we also waste the valuable resources used to grow our food (water, soil and energy) and all the energy used to process, package and transport food from farms and factories to our homes.
The average Victorian household throws out approximately $2,200 worth of food each year. By storing food correctly, using up food in the cupboard or fridge, cooking wisely and sharing leftovers you can save money, time and the planet.
There are many ways your family or household can make the most of leftovers. Here are a few tips to get you started:
For more detailed information, see how to store fresh produce.
Across Australia and around the world, governments are grappling with how to waste less and recycle more. It's a big, complicated problem and there's no easy, quick fix.
In 2020, the Victorian Government released Recycling Victoria: a new economy, a plan to invest $380 million to fundamentally transform our waste and recycling sector to build a circular economy. This campaign is part of the Recycling Victoria program to reduce waste and make more productive use of our resources.