Pre­cious food go­ing to waste

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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.’’

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