Love Food Hate Waste program
This program is run by the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment as part of Waste Less, Recycle More, a NSW Government funded initiative funded from the waste levy.
The program follows 6 easy steps – which have been summarised below:
Step 1 - Know your waste
To calculate the food you waste, take a container and put all your food scraps in it: plate scraps, leftovers and food that’s gone bad. After 2 days note the amount, then compare your results after using the program.
Step 2 - Plan your meals
Think about what meals you’d like to cook for the week ahead and write down the ingredients for each meal.
- Think about what ingredients can be used in more than one meal
- Check what you already have in the fridge, freezer and cupboards
Consider freezing extra portions.
Step 3 - Shop with a list
- Stick to ingredients for your planned meals
- Check the fridge and pantry to avoid doubling up
- Only buy in bulk if you have room at home to store food correctly
- Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season – they stay fresh longer and are usually cheaper
Avoid shopping when hungry to resist impulse buys.
Step 4 - Perfect portions
Cooking the right amount of food will save you money and reduce waste. Follow a recipe or use a serving size calculator to measure food you need.
Or visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for tips.
Step 5 - Keep it fresh
Storing food correctly will keep it fresher for longer, so you can reduce the amount of food (and money) that you throw away. It also preserves the nutrients in your food. See the website for pantry, fridge and freezer tips.
Step 6 - Love your leftovers
Leftovers can make a quick, easy and delicious meal and make your fridge food go further. All it takes is a staple like rice or pasta and a bit of creativity to create an entirely new meal.