Food waste

Minimising food waste will save your household money and reduce your impact on the environment.

Each year households in Victorian throw out 250,000 tonnes of food, enough to fill Melbourne's Eureka Tower.

Audits of our trucks have shown that approximately 59% of the food waste we send to landfill is avoidable.

This avoidable waste is food that was purchased with the intention of being eaten but was instead thrown away. This can be because it has passed its use-by date or gone mouldy.

When it decomposes in landfill, food waste emits methane which is at least 28 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. This creates a huge contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The solution

The State Government has set the following targets for Councils to work towards:

  • Divert 80% of waste from landfill by 2030, with an interim target of 72% reduction by 2025.
  • Halve the volume of organic material going to landfill between 2020 and 2030, with an interim target of 20% reduction by 2025.

We want to help the community manage your food waste to achieve this. We can all make a positive difference, no matter the size or type of home that we live in.

  • Be food smart

    Learn some easy steps you can take to keep avoidable food waste out of landfill.

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  • Composting and worm farming

    Discover what composting and worm farming is, and which one is best for your household.

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  • Growing food at home

    We run workshops on topics such as; small space gardening, beekeeping, composting, keeping chickens and more!

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  • Community growing spaces

    Our community growing spaces program includes; pop-up laneway gardens, planter boxes and productive fruit and nut trees.

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