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Avoid Food Waste

Hastings Family uses the Kitchen Bin

Why is it important to reduce food waste?

Reducing food waste at your place will save you money, time and our environment.

  • The average NSW household wastes more than $3,000 of food a year
  • Food waste also affects our environment because when food breaks down in landfill it generates methane - a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.  Your food waste in the green bin will be turned into premium compost.
  • Throwing away food means throwing away all the natural resources that went into growing, packaging, producing, transporting, selling and preparing your food.

Food Smart - simple steps to help you avoid wasting food

If you want to find out more about reducing food waste at your place, you can join the FREE Food Smart program. You'll receive access to online resources to help you on your way to reducing food waste.

Join Food Smart


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You can begin reducing your food waste by following these six simple steps:

  1. Know your waste
  2. Plan your meals
  3. Shop with a list
  4. Perfect Portion Sizes
  5. Keep it Fresh
  6. Love your leftovers

food-smart-program.png When you join the Food Smart program you can download the Menu Planner and Shopping List to keep you on track to make the most of the food you buy.

Learn how a number of families have already begun reducing food waste at their place:


Clever ideas to help make the most of the food you buy.

Watch these videos for tips on how to reduce food waste at your place and make the most of the food you buy.

1. Stale bread breadcrumbs      2. Sprouts from the pantry      3. Jar scrap dressing




 If 'Your Business is Food' how can you reduce food waste?       

Your Business Is Food is a free program for businesses looking for ways to cut food waste. Contact MIDWASTE Regional Waste Forum to join the Your Business is Food program.

Watch how local Port Macquarie business Drury Lane creatively reduced their food waste.


For more ideas on making the most of the food you buy and reducing food waste visit


This project is a NSW Government Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy


This page was last updated on: 12 February 2021