Help us spread the Love Food Hate Waste message!
Food waste is a complex social, economic and environmental problem that is having an increasingly negative impact on our world. As food lovers, we can enjoy the taste of our food and the social side of eating together. We can also buy, cook and save our food better, reducing our environmental impact and saving us time and money.
Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness about the impact of food waste in NSW and reduce how much 'good' food we waste. Love Food Hate Waste is managed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) partnering with corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations committed to reducing food waste in NSW.
EPA is the lead NSW Government agency responsible for protecting and caring for our environment and developing and coordinating programs to help us become more sustainable and to also address impacts of climate change.
Explore the Love Food Hate Waste website for how your household can avoid food waste. Visit:
- Buy It for great ideas on food shopping
- Cook It to find out how much food you really need and for delicious nutritious recipes that use up leftover ingredients
- Save It for how to keep your food fresh and prevent it from ending up in the bin
- Love food to learn about the issues and how wasting less food helps our environment.
Learn from others and share your own buying, cooking and saving food experiences. Become a Food Lover and we will add your tip to the website.
What is food waste?
Food waste results from preparing and cooking food. It is the food we throw in the bin, we feed to our pets or toss in the compost or worm farm. It's the food we bought to eat but then threw away. There are two types of food waste: 'avoidable' and 'unavoidable' food waste.
Love Food Hate Waste focuses on 'avoidable' food waste. This includes food that:
- gets wasted because we buy more than we need
- is out of date before we use it
- gets wasted because we cook more than we need.
'Unavoidable' food waste is food waste that can not usually be eaten e.g. pineapple skins, tea bags and fruit and vegetable peelings. It is the food waste we can not really do anything further with apart from composting it or putting it in the bin.
Love Food Hate Waste in the United Kingdom
Love Food Hate Waste is based on a campaign, of the same name, developed in the United Kingdom by the Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP).
EPA is working with WRAP to deliver the program in NSW and has a licence to use Love Food Hate Waste.
In the UK an estimated 6.7 million tonnes of household food waste is produced each year - food that could have been reused or eaten. To help reduce the amount of food thrown away, WRAP and its partners developed the Love Food Hate Waste consumer campaign in 2007 to encourage behaviour change.
The campaign is run in partnership with retailers, food manufacturers, local government authorities and community groups. Practical solutions and improved communications make it easier for consumers to get the most from the food they buy and to waste less of it. Visit Love Food Hate Waste UK