Love Food Hate Waste
It’s a hidden scandal that costs New Zealand $872 million a year, with the burden in Hawke’s Bay alone totalling nearly $33 million ($563 per household).
The scandal is household food wastage, and everyone has a part to play in slashing its huge financial and environmental toll. The ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ campaign aims to help you prevent food wastage.
Did you know?
- Globally the UN Environmental Programme estimates that a third of the food produced for human consumption is wasted.
- In New Zealand, we throw away more than 122,500 tonnes of food a year, enough to feed almost 263,000 people. New Zealanders spend $872 million a year on food that will be thrown away uneaten.
- The average Kiwi household sends 79kg of edible food a year to landfills.
- Reducing this food waste would have the same effect as reducing CO2 emissions by just under 326,000 tonnes – equivalent to planting 130,390 trees or taking more than 118,000 cars off the road for a year.
- The food wastage figures are based on national research that included surveying 1365 people, examining the contents of nearly 1400 household rubbish bins and giving 100 families a diary to record their food consumption and disposal for a week.
Kiwi's throw out a lot of food
- The Love Food Hate Waste campaign is being run by local councils across the country and all four Hawke’s Bay Councils are involved.
- Similar campaigns overseas have resulted in significant reductions in food sent to landfill – by 18% in the UK. Such a reduction in New Zealand would see 46,600 tonnes diverted from landfills annually.
Learning to love your leftovers - handy tips
- Turn your leftovers into something better the second time around...like a Fridge Harvest Frittata!
- Chicken is one of the foods we waste the most, don't throw it away, turn it into...Open Chicken Lasagne!