20 mil­lion bread loaves wasted


What do pota­toes, ap­ples, poul­try, ba­nanas, let­tuce, oranges, pump­kin, car­rots have in com­mon?

Ac­cord­ing to a new waste min­imi­sa­tion cam­paign the foods, along with hum­ble left­overs, are the ed­i­ble items Kiwi’s most com­monly waste.

The num­ber one cul­prit, mak­ing up 10 per cent of wasted food, is bread with 20 mil­lion loaves thrown away in New Zealand each year.

The Love Food Hate Waste cam­paign says the av­er­age Kiwi house­hold sends the equiv­a­lent of three shop­ping trol­leys, about 79kg, of ed­i­ble food to the land­fill ev­ery year.

For some fam­i­lies it’s about $560 worth of food go­ing to waste.

Or to put it an­other way, we throw away enough food to feed 262,917 peo­ple or 4.5 times the pop­u­la­tion of Porirua for a year.

The cam­paign is be­ing run by 60 coun­cils across the coun­try and aims to help New Zealan­ders re­duce the amount of food they waste.

Porirua City Coun­cil is kick­ing things off with cook­ing demon­stra­tions at North City these school hol­i­days.

The demon­stra­tions will pro­vide easy and tasty ex­am­ples of what peo­ple can cook at home with the top ten com­monly wasted in­gre­di­ents.

Dai Phonevilay and Dal Philavong from Taste Lao are two of the cooks lay­ing waste to waste.

Philavong said they would be show­ing ev­ery day peo­ple how to cook sim­ple food.

‘‘If we can help peo­ple save money in any way that’s a good thing.’’

Her house­hold was pretty good at lim­it­ing the amount of food they threw out.

‘‘My dad has just started mak­ing smooth­ies and he’s us­ing up all the fruit in the fruit bowl,’’ she said.

‘‘My mum’s a cook and she uses ev­ery­thing.’’

Car­rots were prob­a­bly the most com­mon waste of­fend­ers in her house.

Phonevilay said bread was the most binned item at her home.

‘‘I’ve got three kids so there’s usu­ally some bread some­where be­ing wasted.’’

Zero Waste co-or­di­na­tor Dee Jones said it was not just the ed­i­ble food that was be­ing wasted when it was thrown out.

‘‘It’s the power and en­ergy to pro­duce that food that isn’t used.

‘‘Waste man­age­ment, com­post and re­cy­cling are at the end of the

Food demon­stra­tions

Held at North City Shop­ping Cen­tre.

July 28, 7pm, Henry Smith and Mayor Nick Leggett

July 29, noon, Whi­tireia Hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents

July 30 and 31, noon, Dai and Dal from Taste Lao and My Kitchen Rules. cy­cle of waste, but this cam­paign is at the front.’’

From left, Dal Philavong, Dee Jones and Dai Phonevilay are lay­ing waste to food waste.

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