Food waste research
Research helps us understand why food waste exists and how we can help households, communities and businesses tackle the problem.
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 76% of NSW households said that they were motivated to reduce their food waste, with saving money the main motivating factor.
Tracking survey reports
• Love Food Hate Waste Tracking Survey Report 2019 (PDF 2.9MB)
• 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.
Food waste management post Covid -19
Following the outbreak of Covid-19, life became very unusual for us all. One of the many changes that we may have experienced during this period was our relationship with food. We undertook a study in the early stages of the pandemic to see how people’s practices towards food, and the food supply chain, had changed.
The study found that half of those living in NSW enjoyed cooking and preparing food. This was heightened during the pandemic, with 37% valuing food more and 44% of people more interested in where food comes from.
People were also picking up positive behaviours that help reduce food waste. The study found that:
- 30% were checking the food they already have before leaving the house to shop more often.
- 24% were freezing food more often to extend its shelf life.
- 20% were thinking more about the best way to store food to keep it as fresh as possible.
These are all behaviours that we can continue in a post Covid world.
Download a copy of our Covid Survey Graphic
EPA supported research
- Boulet M, Hoek A & Raven R. The Gaze of the Gatekeeper: Unpacking the multi-level influences and interactions of household food waste through a video elicitation study. Melbourne, Australia: Behaviour Works and Monash Sustainable Development Institute; 2021. (PDF 2.6MB)
- Karunasena G, Pearson D & Fight Food Waste CRC. Australian household food waste: A summary of behaviours, attitudes, perceived and actual food waste. Adelaide, Australia: Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre; 2021. (PDF 9.3MB)
- 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)