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Why does food waste matter?

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When we waste food, we waste everything that went into producing, delivering, selling and preparing that food. Wasting food is wasting money and the environment.

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Less food waste means less pollution – every plate counts


  • When food breaks down in landfill, together with other organic materials, it becomes the main contributor to the generation of methane – a gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.
  • The breakdown of food waste in landfill releases nutrients and these can filter into the surrounding environment, polluting groundwater and waterways.
  • If we stop wasting food in NSW, the environmental impact would be the equivalent of taking 117,000 cars off the road.
 

We can conserve precious resources


When we throw edible food away, the energy, labour and other resources invested in its production, processing, packaging and distribution are all thrown away.

The food system represents a great part of our environmental footprint. If current population and consumption trends continue, the world will need to produce about twice as much food by 2050, in a changing climate, with higher prices for energy, water and fertiliser.

 

Saving food saves water


Food accounts for 50% of our total household water use compared with 11% used directly in washing, cleaning and gardens. Being one of the driest continents on earth means we cannot afford to waste water through wasting our food.

According to CSIRO data:

  • throwing out a kilogram of beef wastes the 50,000 litres of water it took to produce that meat.
  • throwing out a kilogram of white rice wastes 1550 litres of water.
  • throwing out a kilogram of potatoes wastes 500 litres of water.
 

We can help others in need


There is no good reason to throw out edible food while others are hungry. Businesses can donate food to charity, and position themselves as being socially responsible.

 

Food businesses can be more profitable


Food businesses that cut food waste can reduce their running costs – it doesn't make sense to pay for food, not sell it, then also pay for its disposal.

 

Our actions make a difference


Throwing food away is equivalent to throwing cash in the bin. Find out how making simple changes to everyday food habits at home or at work can help save money and save time.

 
 
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