Precious food going to waste
Many households are wasting up to $540 a year on food that’s going in the bin instead of being eaten, a new survey shows.
Porirua City Council participated in a nationwide project, surveying 1365 people and investigating 1402 rubbish bins, to find out why food is being wasted and what can be done about it.
The results indicated that in the Wellington region 29 per cent of households are large food wasters and throw out more than $21 per week of edible food, and another 29 per cent waste about $8 per week.
Porirua City Council zero waste co-ordinator Wendy Barry said the council was getting behind the Love Food Hate Waste campaign after the survey.
‘‘These days it costs a lot of money to feed a family, so it makes sense to use up all the food we buy instead of throwing it away,’’ she said.
‘‘Reducing our food waste at home is a good way to save money on supermarket bills.
‘‘Storing bread in the freezer instead of on the bench will stop it going mouldy or drying out, old fruit can be stewed for a yummy dessert and veges that are not as crisp as they were on shopping day are delicious in a frittata or fried rice.’’
Barry said the average New Zealand family threw away more than $563 worth of edible food a year. More than 30 per cent of kerbside rubbish collected was food waste,’’ she said.
‘‘One surprising result from the analysis was how much food that was still good that was being thrown away – like whole loaves of bread, unopened yoghurts, uneaten apples.’’