Reducing your food waste
One of the greatest impacts you can have on climate change, as an individual, is to reduce food waste at home. Avoiding food waste in the first place saves all the resources and energy that went into making it.
The good news is, that by making a few simple changes at home we can have a big impact on the amount of food we waste. Our Eat it, don’t bin it challenge helps you create delicious fuss-free meals that save time and use up all your ingredients. With food costs rising there’s never been a better time to get on top of your grocery bills by eating all the food you buy.
Food waste that you can’t avoid can stay out of landfill by being turned into valuable compost. Our community compost program can help you compost at home or use your food and garden organics (FOGO) bin to create nutrient-rich compost for local farms and gardens.
Take the 'Eat it, don't bin it' challenge
Avoiding food waste comes down to buying only what you need and eating what you have. Our 4-week Eat it, don’t bin it challenge provides easy meal planning, shopping, storage and cooking tips.
You can completely reset the way your household sees and manages food waste and make avoiding it second nature!
How to participate
The full 4-week challenge:
The September 2022 Eat it, don't bin it challenge has finished, but you can take the full 4-week challenge anytime. Follow the guide for each week below.
For those who participated in September's challenge, fill out both the pre-challenge and post-challenge survey below by Monday 10 October to tell us how your household food waste practices have changed to go in the draw to win a $100 eVoucher to spend in Merri-bek. This information will be very valuable for helping us understand how we can help households reduce their food waste.
Pick and mix challenge:
If you don’t have the time to commit to the full program, you can use any of the resources at any time.
Our top 3 actions for keeping food out of your bin and money in your wallet is the easiest way to avoid food waste.
Top 3 actions to avoid food waste
Make the items in your pantry, fridge and freezer that need using up easy to see and find (Use labels or OzHarvest’s Use-it-Up tape)
Once a week make a meal that combines foods that need using up
Before cooking check how many household members will be eating and adjust the amount you cook to minimise how much is leftover