Palmerston North families waste about $560 a year on food that is thrown into the bin – adding up to a whopping $16 million, and 2,339 tonnes of food going to landfill and producing greenhouse gas. And that's just here in our city.
That's why we've teamed up with other councils throughout New Zealand to support the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
New Zealand food waste statistics
The average Kiwi household sends the equivalent of three shopping trolleys of edible food to the landfill each year (about 79kg).
The food waste figures are based on national research that included surveying 1,365 people, examining the contents of 1,402 household rubbish bins and giving 100 families a diary to record their food consumption and disposal for a week.
Eliminating New Zealand's national food waste would have the same effect as reducing CO2 equivalent emissions by 325,975 tonnes – equivalent to planting 130,390 trees or taking 118,107 cars off the road for a year.
Six things you can do to reduce your food waste
- Plan your meals and buy what you need
- Store your bread in the freezer
- Keep potatoes in the dark
- Take your leftovers for lunch
- Stew fruit or make smoothies
- Add leftover meat to a pizza, panini or pie