Do #6 Full Tummy Empty Bins

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Food waste can make up as much as 40% of the content of your garbage bin and tends to increase over the festive period. Many people are unaware that food waste is a significant contributor to climate change due to the methane, a potent greenhouse gas that builds up in landfills. In addition, all the resources and energy that went into the production and transportation of the food we throw out will be wasted. These are important reasons to keep food waste to a minimum.

The good news is that there are lots of easy ways to reduce food waste which will not only help the environment but should also save you money.

Take action, commit to Do #6.

Get started by watching our video featuring Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis, or by trying out one of these alternatives: 

  • Plan your festive feast if you love food but hate waste so that leftovers can be eaten cold or are easy to re-heat the next day - you'll be able to put your feet up on Boxing Day, which is also National Leftovers Day! Saving leftovers for Boxing Day is the number one way Aussies claim to reduce waste at Christmas according to Planet Ark commissioned research with 57% undertaking this positive action.
  • A bit of portion control, letting people serve themselves and storing leftovers properly all help reduce food going to landfill and your food bill! Cooking too much food is one of the main reasons food goes to waste. 
  • Serve more vegies and have a positive impact on your celebrations. As a general rule meat has a larger environmental impact in its production than fruit, vegetables and grains. 
  • It’s easier to compost fruit and vegetable scraps or use a worm farm than dealing with meat leftovers. Or make an in-ground worm feeder or "tower" or get some chickens for the yard.
  • Check if your council has a food waste recycling program on RecyclingNearYou
  • Bokashi Bucket or Urban Composter is a great solution for all leftovers including meat scraps
  • Connect with people who are already composting, worm farming or keeping chickens to divert your food scraps from landfill via ShareWaste.

Garden cuttings also create methane in landfill so check if your council has a green waste program or set up a compost bin.