The Reality of Food Waste in Australian Landfills
Updated: Feb 2
Here's some food for thought....
Food waste is a massive issue worldwide, with one third of all food produced globally being wasted before it reaches the consumer! Food security is predicted to be at critical by 2050 if we do not find a more sustainable and viable solution to managing food waste!
Australia is no exception!
Australia produced 75.8 million tonnes of solid waste in 2018-19, of which one third (15.3 million tonnes) is solely organic waste. 37% of this organic waste is food waste alone!
Only 42% of organic waste is recycled, which means more than half is sent straight to landfill!
Why is this bad?
Organics produce methane gas which when left to rot in landfills is 25x more potent than the carbon monoxide emitted from the back of our cars!
Precious nutrients and minerals like carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus are wasted when organic and food produce is wasted in landfill!
The Composting Solution
Organic waste has the capacity to be sustainably repurposed, recycled and composted, which would reduce the total waste ending up in Australian landfills.
Food waste costs the Australian economy around $8 billion every year! The benefit of reducing food waste will drastically improve and support our environment, economy and communities.
This can be achieved through means such as composting organic food waste into organic soils, repurposing edible food waste into animal stockfeeds or into viable and approved food aid solutions for food shortages.
Through achieving this, we can secure food for our future generations!
The National Food Waste Strategy Goal is to halve food waste in Australia by 2030.
The Strategy entails:
Avoiding Food Waste through consumer awareness, smarter shopping, more efficient production methods and packaging.
Reusing Edible Foods in food rescue donations, repurposing aesthetically imperfect foods for human food aid or animal feeds.
Recycling Food Waste through composting processes to make high quality, high nutrient organic soils and compost solutions for gardens.
Reprocessing Food Waste by converting to pharmaceutical nutraceuticals or cosmetic products
Energy Recovery through incineration or anaerobic digestion
Making a change starts with you!
We can change and reduce how much food waste ends up in our landfills through the little actions we do at home!
Common Reasons for Food Waste:
Cooking too much
Not knowing how to use leftovers
Mistakenly throwing away food before use-by-date
Over-buying ingredients at the shops
Not checking fridge before shopping
Buying takeaway last minute instead of cooking what’s already at home
What can you do?
The little things count! Shop with a list to avoid over-buying. Plan your meals and see what you already have at home before shopping. Save your leftovers! (Sometimes leftovers even taste better the next day!) Freeze your food to preserve it for longer if you don't plan on eating it straight away.
What about food scraps and food prep?
Creating your own composting heap at home can be hard work and smelly business!
It takes specialised equipment and regular monitoring to ensure our microbe buddies can compost properly! Like baking a cake - you need the right amount of ingredients and correct steps to create a good result!
Instead, gather your organic waste scraps - like your veggie peels, banana skins, moldy fruit, stale breads, out-of-date fruit juice or egg shells, from home and dispose them in your compost bin to be collected and composted at an Organic Recycling facility! If your council doesn't have an organic collection, ask them why and tell them to give us a call at 0434 208 513!
Take the stress out of doing good!
For more information about what is good and isn't good to compost check out our Autumn 2021 Newsletter edition, or visit our Education page on our website!
Clean & Green Organics Composting Facility
Clean & Green Organics Pty Ltd is an Australian owned and operated recycling & composting company located in Greater Sydney, NSW.
Composting organic waste streams into high quality organic soils and compost products, Clean & Green Organics’ mission is to divert organic waste streams, including food waste, away from landfills and to sustainably create a circular economy in Australia.
The Clean & Green team are specialists in vermiculture, composting and recycling with over
20 years experience!
All Clean & Green Organics soil products are made to Australian Standards from 100% recycled organic materials.
Send an enquiry on our website or through our email!