Food Waste in our Community

• 3.28 million tonnes of food is driven to landfill in Australia each year.
(Smith, B. (2005), cited in Edwards, F. and Mercer, D. (2007), “Gleaning from Gluttony: An Australian Youth Subculture Confronts the Ethics of Waste”, Australian Geographer, vol. 38, no. 3: 279-96, p280).

• 700,000 tonnes of food ends up in Victorian landfills every year.

• One in three Australian households throws out at least $1500 of food a year.
(FareShare national poll.) Australians throw away the equivalent of one out of every five bags of groceries they buy (

• 47 per cent of municipal landfill waste is food and green waste.
(EcoRecycle Victoria (2005) – Waste Facts).

• If we stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, it would have the same impact on carbon emissions as taking one in five cars off the road.
(Waste and Resources Action Program UK (2007),, from Larsen, K, Ryan, C and Abraham, A (2008), Sustainable and Secure Food Systems for Victoria: What do we know? What do we need to know? Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, University of Melbourne).

• Dumping 1kg of beef wastes the 50,000 litres of water it took to produce that meat.
• Throwing out 1kg of white rice will waste 2385 litres.
• Wasting 1kg of potatoes costs 500 litres.

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