The small act of eating leftovers once a week has a big impact on
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Just by making a meal that uses up any leftovers once a week, you’ll be saving money and reducing the amount of food that’s going to waste. This helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the use of valuable resources.
It’s a small act with a big impact on Victoria’s sustainable future.
(Sustainability Victoria, Path to Half Report, 2020)
Food thrown into your rubbish bin ends up in landfill. Food in landfill breaks down in a way that can create greenhouse gases, including methane, which affects air quality and public health. When we waste food, we also waste the resources used to grow our food (water, soils and energy) and all the energy used to process, package and transport food from markets to our homes.
There are many delicious ways to use up leftovers – make stale bread the unlikely star of a salad or blend overripe fruit into a smoothie. Find great recipes online or do a quick search on ingredients for inspiration.
From storing food correctly and cooking wisely, to sharing leftovers with others, there are many ways your family or household can make the most of your leftovers.
When planning weekday dinners, try to choose recipes with similar ingredients so they can be used in other meals. Need half a tub of cream on Monday? Plan a dish that needs the other half for another day that week.
There are many other easy ways to reduce waste and recycle more. Find a small act that works for you and be part of Victoria’s sustainable future.