APCO is what is called a co-regulatory body, whose role it is to administer the Australian Packaging Covenant. “The Australian Packaging Covenant is a regulatory framework that sits under the National Environmental Protection Measure for used packaging. It is very firmly a co-regulatory body,” said Donnelly at a speech she gave at AUSPACK 2019 in … Continue reading Incorporating circular economy not as easy as it seems
In a bid to tackle the $20 billion food waste problem in Australia and its commitment to reduce food waste from going to landfill, Woolworths has announced that 100 per cent of its supermarkets now have an active food waste diversion program in place. From rescuing surplus fresh food and distributing it to hunger relief … Continue reading Woolworths reaches major milestone in fight against food waste
As a part of the Australian Institute of Packaging’s commitment to Fighting Food Waste two teams of Members headed to KiwiHarvest in Auckland, NZ over the last month to help pack 2175 kgs of potatoes and carrots into approx. 145x 15kg bags. The bags KiwiHarvest use are the malt bags from boutique breweries which saves … Continue reading AIP Members pack 2175kgs of potatoes and carrots for KiwHarvest
Project delivery specialist Wiley doesn’t only share its knowledge when it comes to building functional, state-of-the-art food processing factories, it also uses its expertise to help with more altruistic endeavours. Its project with FareShare is an example of how Wiley helps those that are helping others in need. FareShare is a not-for-profit organisation that “rescues food … Continue reading Expertise key with new kitchen facility for the needy
The Rabobank Food Waste Report found that Aussies have significantly reduced the food they waste year on year by $700 million! The research revealed a 7 per cent reduction from $9.6bn in 2017 to $8.9bn in 2018, equating to a back pocket saving of $160 per household a year. While three quarters of Australians care … Continue reading Aussies throw away almost $9 billion in food annually
With Australian consumers throwing away around 3.1 million tonnes of edible food a year, and another 2.2 million tonnes disposed of by the commercial and industrial sector, along with a Federal Government National Food Waste Strategy to halve food waste that goes to landfill by 2030, it is time that everyone contributes to solving this issue. … Continue reading Packaging’s role in halving food waste by 2030
Food industry professionals had a chance to share ideas on data management solutions and sustainable packaging at the Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE). The expo, held on the 29th and 30th of August, aimed to challenge thinking about current waste standards and the future of waste disposal and recovery. Exhibitors included companies that work … Continue reading Compostable packaging and data management solutions feature at waste expo
A machine installed by City of Melbourne has stopped more than 60 tonnes of garbage from going to landfill in the past year by turning food scraps into wastewater. In the 12 months to June 2018, the Orca aerobic digestion system used micro-organisms to transform 62 tonnes of food scraps from the Degraves Street café … Continue reading Machine turns tonnes of food scraps into wastewater in Melbourne
Sodexo Australia will divert tonnes of quality surplus food each year that might otherwise have gone to waste. Sodexo will save more than 9920kg of surplus food, in a new partnership with online surplus food wholesale marketplace Yume. Sodexo Australia chief financial officer and country president, Mark Chalmers, said the partnership would see products purchased … Continue reading Sodexo Australia saves tonnes of food from going to waste
A smartphone app that links food businesses with charities to make donating excess food simple and easy has been developed by Edith Cowan University researchers. The ReFood app, which was recently trialled in the City of Swan, connects local restaurants and cafés with community not-for-profit organisations that redistribute their excess food to those who need … Continue reading App takes bite out of food waste
AIP is taking its new ‘Role of Packaging in Minimising Food Waste’ half-day training course to Thailand in June as a part of ProPak Asia 2018.
Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) has announced the appointment of Genevieve Bateman as General Manager of Food Sustainability, a newly created position to support the implementation of Australia’s National Food Waste Strategy. Managing Director of FIAL, Dr Mirjana Prica, congratulated Ms Bateman on her appointment and said that she will bring tremendous experience and proven success … Continue reading New appointment and funding to drive national food waste strategy
A new Cooperative Research Centre, supported by a $30 million grant from the Turnbull Government’s CRC Program, has been established.
This course is ideally suited to packaging technologists, designers, engineers, marketers, production and procurement managers and for industries across the food supply chain.
The market’s work to recycle tonnes of food, vegetable and other waste, and other sustainable practices is cutting business costs and greenhouses gas emissions.
New advocacy group, the Australian Food Cold Chain Council, aims to address food wastage by showing food producers, logistics operators, supermarkets and consumers the cost of inaction.
Technology developed in South Australia that will make it more affordable to convert agricultural waste into high value activated carbon could soon be on the market.
Food services provider Compass Group Australia has joined forces with OzHarvest to cut down on food waste.
Hunger relief organisation Foodbank is also calling on the Federal Government to develop a National Food Insecurity Strategy, to ensure both food insecurity and food waste are addressed.
As consumer awareness of the magnitude of food waste grows, Sealed Air’s Ron Cotterman says the time for retailers to implement more effective preventive measures is now.