In an Australian first, communities throughout NSW, including Sydney, the Central Coast, Mid-North Coast and North Coast, will take part in a program to reduce food waste in homes and businesses.
As part of Love Food Hate Waste NSW’s Love Food Communities grants, City of Sydney, Central Coast Council, Midwaste group and North East Waste group will each receive up to $250,000 to plan and deliver a two-year whole-of-city approach to food waste prevention.
These plans will include the delivery of the Love Food Hate Waste Food Smart and Your Business is Food programs to support local households and businesses to tackle food waste and educate them on how working together as a community can make a difference. As well as household and business, each project will target at least one other sector, including aged care, schools, hospitality or food manufacturers.
The four projects will reach 17,000 households and nearly 500 businesses and will be the first time a whole-of-community approach is taken to prevent food waste in NSW.
“Almost a million tonnes of food is thrown away by household and business in NSW each year, costing the average household an estimated $3,800 a year,” said Amanda Kane, acting director, Waste Programs, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
“We want to see less food being wasted across our communities and these grants will help to achieve this by changing behaviour and giving people and businesses the tools they need to make informed decisions.”
“We’re excited to be able to help these four communities on their food waste reduction journey, while supporting our program goal to make food waste avoidance a social norm in NSW by 2021,” added Ms. Kane.
The Love Food Hate Waste program has awarded almost $1.6 million to 54 grant projects and is an important part of the NSW Government’s commitment to halve food waste by 2030, through the National Food Waste Strategy.
The Love Food Communities grants are funded through the NSW Government’s $105.5 million Organics Infrastructure Fund under Waste Less, Recycle More. This fund diverts food and garden waste from landfill by funding food waste avoidance education, kerbside organics collections, food processing and donations infrastructure and organics market development.