The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place.
One of the first and most important Small Acts that you can start with is to reduce the amount of waste that you create in your home. The easiest thing to do is to avoid disposable, single use items such as plastic bags, coffee cups, batteries and water bottles.
Love Food Hate Waste
Every year, NSW households throw away more than 800,000 tonnes of edible food. We’re throwing away $2.5 billion – on average $1000 per household every year (NSW EPA). Love Food Hate Waste aims to help the community and businesses avoid food waste, save money and reduce environmental impacts.
In 2015 Hunter Councils partnered with Hunter TAFE to develop a course module for all apprentice chefs in the region. The course aims to inspire apprentices to adopt practical strategies within a commercial kitchen to avoid and minimise food wastage.
Love Food on Campus
The Love Food on Campus project engages 18-24 year old students to find out why they are wasting food, what could be done to turn those behaviours around and establish a ‘community of practice’ at University of Newcastle around food waste avoidance.
Hunter Councils, in partnership with the University of Newcastle’s Champions4Change, is delivering the Love Food on Campus project to teach residential students meal planning, portion control, correct food storage and food waste avoidance cooking techniques.