Almost half of your household garbage bin (red lidded bin) is filled with wasted food every week. This equates to throwing away over $1000 per household per year.
This wasted food breaks down in our landfills, together with other organic materials, it becomes the main contributor to the generation of methane — a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
The average Marrickville household garbage bin contains over 43% organic compostable material.
Marrickville Council is committed to reducing the amount of organic waste in our bins. This promotion supports the Zero Waste Principle outlined in the Rethink Waste Strategic Plan. Waste avoidance is the preferred action as this eliminates the problem at the source, whereas waste disposal should be considered as a last resort.
The figures in the chart on the right were derived from an online survey of 1200 NSW residents completed as part of the Food Waste Avoidance Benchmark Study 2009.
The people who waste the most food are:
Using all your leftover food is a really important part of waste reduction. Below is a table of ideas for using your leftovers.
|Rice||Rice pudding, fried rice, frittatas, rice, feta and bean salad, fried rice balls and broccoli, cheese and rice bake|
|Pasta||Pasta bake, ham and pasta noodle muffins, minestrone soup, tomato pasta salad and pasta noodle pancake or omelette|
|Overripe fruit||Stewed fruit to have with ice cream or with cereal, banana bread/cake, smoothies and iceblocks or ice cream|
|Bread||Freeze half your bread for toast and leave the rest out for sandwiches, breadcrumbs, bread and butter pudding and French toast.|
|Vegetables||Vegetable soup, freeze vegetables and make stock, potato and vegetable frittata, bubble and squeak or put in fried rice.|
|Take away food||Thai food omelette, put some cooked pasta in your leftover curry sauce|
|Potato||Fish cakes, frittatas, bubble and squeak and hash browns|