Food waste is a massive problem in New Zealand, and it's no different in our district. Every year New Zealand homes throw away 122,547 tonnes of food - this is enough to feed the whole of Dunedin for two years!
Wasting this food costs the average household $563 a year. If you would like to reduce how much of your food is wasted please click see the Love Food Hate Waste website
Council also offers food scrap collection as part of our curbside waste minimisation services.
Not on kerbside collection? There are people who will take your waste and use it instead! Click on the Sharewaste link to find out more!
Alternatively you can compost this resource. Compost is nature's way of recycling.
To fully understand the benefits of composting, look at this video about the Soil Food Web:
Some benefits of composting and worm farming:
- Quick and easy way to reuse your food and garden waste
- Lightens your rubbish bag - money saver
- Creates natural fertiliser for free
- Stops methane gas production by diverting food from landfill