creating waste

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.

What can you do?

What can

you do?

Improving your shopping habits can result in Big Changes

Before you shop:

  • plan your meals;
  • write a shopping list;
  • check which items you already have at home;
  • pack your reusable shopping bags.

When shopping:

  • don’t use plastic bags;
  • avoid pre packaged fresh foods and buy loose fresh fruit and vegetables;
  • reduce packaging by buying in bulk;
  • purchase local produce;
  • only buy what you need.

After shopping:

  • store your food correctly;
  • measure your serving sizes so that you don’t cook too much;
  • use or freeze left overs;
  • establish a compost or worm farm for organic waste;
  • Reuse or upcycle containers.

Join a Community Garden

Community gardens are places where the community comes together to locally grow produce, recycle materials and develop a sense of community. Community gardens bring people of all backgrounds together to learn, encourage healthy eating, increase access to fresh food and beautify neighbourhoods.  In a community garden you can usually grow fruit, herbs, flowers and vegetables in an individual plot that is within a larger communal area. These gardens play a very important role in reducing food miles by producing food close to home.

Follow this guide on how to get a community garden started or for more information visit the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens network.

View Community Gardens

Participate in Community Composting

Community composting is about reclaiming waste that may otherwise go to landfill and using it as a resource in the community. It could be one or more compost bins located in a community garden, a shared bins in an apartment block, a school or perhaps a compost bin shared amongst a group of café owners.