Reducing food waste in the City of Yarra
Food Know How is a food waste reduction program jointly developed by Cultivating Community and City of Yarra with funding from Metropolitan Waste Management Group and support from our numerous other partners. Food Know How aims to help households, cafes and offices in the City of Yarra to avoid and recycle food waste through strategies such as menu and meal planning, using leftovers, and tips about smart shopping and food storage, as well as composting and worm farming.
Watch the Food Know How video!
Join Food Know How
Thank you for your interest in The Food Know How program. The program has now concluded.
Food Know How provided the opportunity for 34 cafes in the City of Yarra to start their own onsite food waste recycling systems, or to have their unavoidable food waste collected by our cargo trikes, and take them to community compost hubs, where we processed the scraps and turned them into nutrient-rich compost fit for use in our Community Gardens or elsewhere.
Food Know How empowered over 550 household participants to take control of their food waste, throughout an interactive and engaging behaviour change program which included free educational workshops, online resources, one-to-one support and subsidised compost bins, Bokashi and worm farms.
Information for Cafes
Registrations have now closed. Please use the tools available on our website for information on ways to reduce and recycle food waste in your business. Please feel free to contact Matthew Nelson from the City of Yarra on 03 9205 5780 or regarding options for recycling organic waste from your business.
Information for Households
Registrations have now closed. Please use the tools available on our website for information on ways to reduce and recycle food waste in your household. Please feel free to contact Matthew Nelson from the City of Yarra on 03 9205 5780 or with any further queries on household food waste management options.
Information for Community Groups and Local Councils
If you are interested in bringing Food Know How to your area, please contact either:
- City of Yarra: contact Matt Nelson on 03 9205 5780 or
- Cultivating Community: contact our office on 03 9429 3084 or
What’s the deal with food waste anyway?
We all love food, but many of us don’t realise how much actually goes to waste, or fully understand the environmental impacts.
- Australians discard up to 20% of the food we buy. That’s 1 out of every 5 shopping bags going to waste!
- Avoiding this food waste can save the average household over $1,000 a year – that’s over a month of food shopping or six-months of electricity bills!
- Over 40% of the average Commercial bin and over 50% of the average Household bin in Yarra is made up of food waste.
- This waste goes to landfill where it rots with other organic waste to create Methane – a greenhouse gas 25 times more global warming than Carbon Dioxide.
The hidden impacts…
When we throw away food, it’s not just the item of food that we are wasting. It’s much more than that. The hidden impact is that when we waste food, we are also wasting all the water, fuel and resources that were used to grow that food and transport it from the farm to your plate.
The scale of environmental issues can seem overwhelming, but taking control of your food waste is an easy and effective way to have a positive impact in your community. Beyond the environmental benefits, reducing food waste is a great way to save money.
Read more food waste facts in this clever infographic developed by Foodwise.
Can I really make a difference?
Most households and cafes already do the right thing by recycling items like plastic, glass, paper and cardboard. By throwing less food in your bin, you will send less food waste to landfill where it would otherwise generate Methane, a gas which contributes to global warming and climate change. Learn more about what your Household or Cafe can do to make a difference!
Visit Participating Cafes
Click on icon to view Cafe details. View Food Know How Cafe Participant Map in a larger map