Part 2: Develop your action plan

Last updated: 9 February 2021

1. Print the Action plan

Download and print the Action plan.

2. Work out how much you can save

Make the estimate more accurate by adding as many costs as you can, such as:

  • disposal costs
  • staff time.

Unsure about the exact costs? You can use this: $7 per kilogram of mixed food waste.

"" Part of the Action plan, where you can estimate how much money you can save when you reduce waste

3. Create your action plan. Focus on where waste happens the most

Based on your savings calculation, identify where you wish to focus on improving.

You can choose the top waste sources to focus on, then decide on three actions you can take.

Fill in your action plan with tasks and completion dates. List who is in charge of each task.

"" Part of the action plan, where you can identify three priority action areas

Some actions you can take

Tips for motivating staff to reduce waste

  • Involve staff in coming up with the ideas for actions. Having their input early will help ensure the tasks get done.
  • Start with small changes to help everyone get used to new ways of doing things. Easy wins boost morale and help people feel more committed to new practices. You will then be able to carry out bigger changes.
  • You can also give incentives or run a friendly staff competition to boost motivation
  • Make it easy for your team to remember what they can do by putting up notices or posters.