Food scraps are not an issue in landfill

What is in your bins when you take them out to the kerb each week? When it comes to food waste, Australians are some of the worst culprits with the latest National Waste Report finding food and garden organics make up about half of all kerbside garbage.1 Food organics were also noted by councils as a top 3 contaminant in the recycling bin.2

  • Australians send 3.2 million tonnes of edible food to landfill each year, that’s close to 17,000 Boeing 747 jumbo jets3
  • $890 each year4 is the cost of food waste for the average household, enough for a return flight to Fiji
  • Food doesn’t belong in sealed landfills as they are anaerobic environments, meaning there is no oxygen available. In this environment organics rot and produce methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
  • Food scraps and liquid also don’t belong in recycling as it can ruin your good efforts and prevent recyclables from being recycled.

1National Waste Report 2018
2National Recycling Week Council Survey 2018
3National Food Waste Baseline 2019
4Radbobank Food Waste Report 2019

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Go Zero Food To Landfill

  • Starting your own compost heap at home. Check out our tips for composting and worm farming.
  • Finding other options for food scraps at RecyclingNearYou.
  • Give your containers a quick rinse with used washing up water before chucking them into the recycling bin.

Deal With Leftover Food

  • Trying your hand at making stocks and condiments from the parts of your food usually going in the bin (eg. Apple cores).
  • Freezing anything that you could eat or use at a later date.
  • Donating excess edible food to a food distribution charity like OzHarvest.

Reduce Your Food Waste

  • Always checking your pantry and fridge before shopping.
  • Writing and sticking to a shopping list of what you need.
  • Avoiding 2-for-1 deals if it means buying extra food you don’t need.