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Food waste research

Research helps us understand why food waste exists and how we can help households, communities and businesses tackle the problem.

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Food waste management during Covid -19

The last few months have been very unusual for all us with staying safe by staying at home. 

To find out about how the pandemic has changed how people value of food and the food supply chain we undertook a study.

The study found that half of us enjoy cooking and preparing food, with 37% valuing food more since Covid-19. The pandemic has made 44% of us more interested in where food comes from. 

The study also found that people are picking up positive behaviours that help reduce food waste:

  • 30% are more often checking the food they already have before leaving the house to shop.
  • 24% have been freezing food more often to extend its shelf life. 
  • 20% are thinking more about the best way to store food in order to keep it as fresh as possible.  

These are all behaviours that we can continue in a post Covid world.

Download a copy of the study.

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Love Food Hate Waste Tracking Survey

We’ve been surveying NSW households since 2009, to gain an insight into community knowledge, attitudes and behaviours about food waste. The latest tracking report shows that concerns about the environment and food waste are on the rise, with 96% of people in NSW doing at least one thing to reduce their food waste at home.


Tracking survey reports
•    Love Food Hate Waste Tracking Survey Report 2017 (PDF 3.34MB)
•    Love Food Hate Waste Tracking Survey Report 2015-2016 (PDF 4.3MB)
•    Love Food Hate Waste Tracking Survey Report 2012 (PDF 1.3MB)
•    Love Food Hate Waste Tracking Survey Report 2011 (PDF 1.2MB)
•    Love Food Hate Waste Benchmark Survey Report 2009 (PDF 2.7MB)
To find out more about our research, get in touch.


Other research    

•    Baker D, Fear J & Denniss R. What a Waste: An Analysis of household expenditure on food. Canberra: The Australia Institute; 2009
•    Morgan E. Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Waste in Australia. Melbourne: VicHealth and Deakin University; 2009
•    Ventour L. The Food We Waste. Oxon, UK: Exodus Market Research & Waste and Resources Action Program; 2008. (PDF 1.44MB)
•    Giorgi S. Understanding out of home consumer food waste. Oxon, UK: Brook Lyndhurst & Waste and Resources Action Program; 2013
•    Giorgi S. Barriers and opportunities for out of home food wate. Appendix - England. Oxon, UK: Brook Lyndhurst & Waste and Resources Action Program; 2013 (PDF 557KB)