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Reducing Waste

This page contains information about reducing household food waste.
Updated: 20/12/2019 11:50 a.m.


​Kiwi families throw out 79 kilos of food every year.
Bread is one of the top 10 products thrown out.


​New Zealand families waste about $560 each year on food which is thrown out uneaten into the rubbish bin.

This adds up to a staggering $872 million for the whole country. It also results in 122,000 tonnes of edible food going to landfill and generating greenhouse gases. The cost of household food waste in our district is $16,700,000 per year (approximately 2,300 tonnes). This means that;

  • The average family throws away 3 shopping trolleys of food every year or else
  • that the amount of food thrown away in Whangarei would feed 5000 people for a year.

Whangarei District Council is proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to turn this around, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food.

The Love Food Hate Waste website is a great resource for all New Zealanders to use, with recipes, tools, tips, techniques, events, news and much more. You can also sign up to the newsletter and join the Facebook page.

We are interested to hear from and work with other organisations in our district who are working or interested in working to reduce food waste. Together we can make a difference!

Look out for our "love your leftovers" stand in the Library this month.

You can also look at some recipes and tips under 'Resources' on the top right hand of the page.

Love Food Hate Waste Website


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