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Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Waste and recycling

Avoiding food waste

Food waste is a complex economic, environmental and social problem. To tackle the issue of food waste, the NSW Government offers a number of programs including Love Food Hate Waste and Bin Trim.

These programs can help businesses to better understand the amount of food waste they generate, adopt simple and practical actions to avoid food waste, donate unwanted good quality food to people in need, and recycle any remaining food waste.

Love Food Hate Waste

Love Food Hate Waste can help your business get started.

Explore the Love Food Hate Waste website for information and ideas:

  • The Love food section explains more about the issue.
  • Case studies show how other businesses are avoiding food waste.
  • Hospitality has some great ideas and tips to avoid food waste in your café or restaurant
  • Retail shows you how to include food waste avoidance in your business practices.
  • Resources for your staff and resources for your customers can help them reduce food waste too.
  • The Food Donation Toolkit can help you to donate good quality food to people in need.

Love Food Hate Waste also has lots of easy and practical ideas to help you avoid food waste at home.

Love Food Hate Waste partners

Love Food Hate Waste is managed by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in partnership with business, councils and not-for-profit organisations committed to reducing food waste in NSW.

Visit the Love Food Hate Waste partner pages to find out more about our partners or sign up to become a program partner. Eligible partners can apply for Love Food Hate Waste (Food Waste Avoidance) Education grants  of up to $70,000 for behaviour change projects.

Free Bin Trim assessments and rebates

Small-to-medium sized business may be eligible for a free Bin Trim business waste assessment and for rebates to help with the upfront costs of implementing improvements in your recycling practices.

Organics infrastructure grants

Larger businesses may be eligible for funding help to introduce food waste recycling or redistribution through the Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) grants program.

Stream 2 of this program provides funding for business to install equipment for on-site processing or pre-processing into compost food waste that currently goes to landfill.

Stream 3 of the program funds not-for-profit organisations to buy new infrastructure and equipment like fridges and vans to collect, store and redistribute food waste from businesses to people in need.

Other resources

It is always best to avoid food waste in the first place. While some food waste is unavoidable, Ways to Reduce Food Waste in Your Business (PDF 798KB) factsheet outlines the alternatives to simply sending food waste to landfill.

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Page last updated: 01 August 2016