Reduce Food Waste

Nationally we waste $872 million a year on food that we buy and throw away uneaten. Really? YES! We chatted to 1354 people, peered into 1402 rubbish bins and found that as a nation we throw away 122,547 tonnes of food per year. This would feed 262,917 people for a Year! WasteNet is hosting a series of events during the week of 17-23 June 2018 to inspire and enable Southlanders to take simple actions to reduce their food waste.

Every year New Zealand households are throwing away 122,547 tonnes of food.  Some of this is made up of things like peelings, cores and bones, but the majority is, or once was, perfectly good food.  Little by little, all this waste really adds up. 

Every year, the average New Zealand family throws away up to $563 worth of food and drink. Wasted food is also a major contributor to climate change.  Most of it ends up in landfill sites where it rots and releases methane, a damaging greenhouse gas.  The food we throw away is also a huge waste of the energy, water and packaging used in its production, transportation and storage.

WasteNet Southland is a supporter of the Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) New Zealand campaign. Wasting food and drink is a waste of money.  High food wasters throw away on average $21 worth of food per week.  The LFHW campaign is a national initiative that addresses this issue.  It offers practical tips about a range of food-saving measures, from planning to portion control, as well as smart shopping to using leftovers.





  • Share your tips to reduce food waste
  • Start a discussion with family and friends about Food Waste. Here are some conversation starters:
    • Are you a stalker? Do you eat your broccoli stalkers?
    • How much edible food do you throw out?
    • What is your favourite Leftover?
    • Bread is the number one wasted food in New Zealand.  Got any tips for using up bread?