3 Australian food waste organisations to be inspired by

Throughout this campaign, we’ve kept the focus on food waste in the restaurant industry; how important it is, how information and action in Australia is lacking and how we can learn from other countries’ efforts. However, if we have piqued your interest in food waste – and we hope we have – there are great organisations in Australia that will help you learn more about food waste, how to reduce your own output and how to consume more sustainably.

Without further ado, here are some of the leading few in their own words…

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  1. Food Wise“With the FoodWise website, our aim is to create a one-stop food sustainability website where people and organisations can share information. While the average food shopping expedition can fast resemble a mine field, we’re about building public understanding of the power of consumers and what we can do to build a better food future.

    By bringing together a community of people who love food, we want to create a more sustainable approach to the way that we grow, distribute, consume and dispose of that food.

    In other words, FoodWise is a how-to guide to cooking up real change.”

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  2. OzHarvest“OzHarvest is the first perishable food rescue organisation in Australia that collects quality excess food from more than 2,000 commercial outlets and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to more than 800 charities.

    OzHarvest is the only food rescue organisation in Australia collecting surplus food from all types of food providers including fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, farmers, stadiums, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms.”

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  3. Love Food Hate Waste“Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness about the environmental, economic and social impacts of food waste in NSW and reduce the amount of good food being sent to landfill.

    The program is run by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and delivered in partnership with NSW businesses, not-for-profit organisations, local councils and community groups who share a commitment to reducing food waste.”

 

 

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Why measurement is the first step to reducing food waste

One of the biggest hurdles we face in trying to reduce food waste is the lack of facts and figures telling us just how much is being wasted, and what this waste means. This is a particularly true of the restaurant industry – Sydney alone has thousands of restaurants, making waste difficult to monitor.

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Luckily, campaign and research project Watch My Waste is here to help gather and provide the information that we need. The project allows businesses and individuals to track their food waste, a process which also aims to help businesses save money reduce and save money.

Watch My Waste also clears up for us just how significant food waste is. The Food Waste Greenhouse Calculator compares food waste to the equivalent use of electricity, petrol and the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere as a result. The connection between food waste and climate change is often forgotten, but the calculator makes it easier to understand to impact each kilo of waste has on the environment.

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For individuals, taking the ‘What’s On Your Plate?’ survey forces you to consider the way that you eat at restaurants and the waste that is produced when you do so. If you’d like to be more mindful and understanding of the waste that is produced by you and the restaurants you eat at (and how it is managed), I would highly recommend taking the survey by clicking the link above.

For anyone running a food business, getting involved in waste auditing can help you understand your business, contribute less waste to the landfills and save money.