Reduce food waste
Council recommends 2 great food programs: Love Your Leftovers, and Love Food Hate Waste. These programs have been designed to help you reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill and save on grocery money.
Love Your Leftovers
Cumberland City Council and the Environment Protection Authority’s Love Your Leftovers program began as a cookbook in 2011.
It was an instant success and many locals wanted to contribute to future editions. That cookbook is now an app and a website.
What the program can do
- Reduce food waste dramatically, without missing out on taste, nutrition and variation
- Find recipes that use the existing food you have
- Contribute your own recipes for others to love
- Plan your menu to avoid waste
- Show you how to store ingredients to keep them fresh for longer
- Organise your shopping list for less leftovers
Buy the book on the Love Your Leftovers website.
- Order on the website and pick the hard copy up from Council for $15
- Have it posted to you or a friend for $25
Download the app to minimise waste and maximise taste.
Love Food Hate Waste program
This is a NSW Government program that encourages homes and businesses to avoid throwing out perfectly good food and prevent it from going stale before it should.
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 2days 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 see 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.