Benefits of Reducing Food Waste

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, resources and time.

  • LESS food waste, IS MORE money saved – Avoiding this food waste can save the average household $39 of food each week, that’s more than $2000 every year – the average cost of registering and insuring your car each year!
  • LESS food waste, IS MORE free time – Australians discard up to 20% of the food we buy. That’s 1 out of every 5 shopping bags going to waste! Less food waste also means less shopping so we can spend more time doing the things we love.
  • LESS food waste, IS MORE beneficial to the environment – The waste that goes to landfill rots with other organic waste to create Methane – a greenhouse gas 25 times more global warming than Carbon Dioxide.


Can I really make a difference?

Increasing your Food Know How can make a difference to the money you save, how well you eat and the health of your family and the environment.

Reducing food waste has many positive environmental, economic and social benefits.

Environmental benefits include reducing the amount of that landfills create and reducing the amount of resources needed for food production.

Economic benefits include lowering the costs of waste disposal and reducing the costs of over-purchasing.

Social benefits relate to using the food we have available to feed the millions of people that struggle to find enough food each day, rather than buying it and then throwing it out.

Check out the Melbourne Food Charity Finder  to see how the food you can’t eat can help someone in need.