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Food and garden organics waste

On average, NSW households waste over $3,800 each year on food which is bought but never eaten. This means NSW households are collectively spending $10 billion dollars annually on food which is thrown away.

Love Food Hate Waste Program

Love Food Hate Waste is our education program to teach NSW households and businesses about how to avoid wasting food.

The NSW EPA works in partnership with over 286 community groups, businesses, government and not-for-profit organisations that deliver Love Food Hate Waste projects in their community. To become a partner simply complete the online partnership registration form.

The program features a website and Facebook page which include recipes and videos to help you reduce food waste.

Great NSW Food Waste Study

We're inviting NSW residents to take part in The Great NSW Food Waste Study to discover how much food waste is going to landfill each year.

What’s involved?

  • If you are eligible, complete a short survey telling us what you think and know about food waste
  • Receive three compostable food waste bags to collect your food waste in (or use a container of your choice)
  • Do a fridge clean out, placing the food waste into one of the bags provided or your container. Record your findings
  • Collect two normal days’ worth of food waste in the bags (or your container) within a two week period. Record your findings.
  • Log your results online and complete a follow up survey to see if the results were what you thought.

The Great NSW Food Waste Study is being undertaken between April 2017 and June 2017 and is open to NSW residents only.  More information is available on the Love Food Hate Waste website.



To better understand what people think and do about food waste, Love Food Hate Waste has been tracking household knowledge, attitudes and behaviours since 2009.  The latest report shows 97% of people in NSW practice at least one food waste avoidance behaviours and that concern about food waste is on the rise.

Download the 2015-16 Tracking Study Report from the Love Food Hate Waste website.


What can I do? 

 Get involved by liking Love Food Hate Waste NSW on Facebook.

You can also:


 Love Food Hate Waste grants

To help eligible partners deliver Love Food Hate Waste projects in their community, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)  and Environmental Trust provide grant funding.

Round 4 of the grants have closed. A new round of grants is proposed to open in late 2017. For example application forms,  guidelines and more information visit the Environmental Trust website.

For information and resources please email the Love Food Hate Waste team.

Loving Food Day 


The NSW EPA and Environmental Trust hosted a one-day workshop in June 2015 for the community sector detailing the funding opportunities for food waste projects.

Presentations from the day are provided below:

Composting, mulching and worm farming

Sometimes we have food items we cannot eat, for example items such as pineapple skins, eggs shells, bones and tea bags. We can turn this unavoidable food waste into a valuable resource for the garden by composting inedible food scraps, or by placing them in a worm farm or bokashi bucket. These options are also an excellent way of managing our garden waste.

The following guides provide good basic information:

  • Composting: This guide covers the four easy steps to produce great compost as well as the easy compost fix-it guide.
  • Worm farming: Follow the four easy steps to successful worm farming.
  • The marvel of mulch: The 'Marvel of Mulch' a guide to successful mulching.

Local councils often run composting and worm-farming classes; contact your local council for more information.

Local council organics collection services

Space, time and the volume of material can make it hard for households to compost all of their garden waste and unavoidable food waste at home. We support local councils to introduce or expand kerbside collection services to enable households to recycle their organic waste. The collected food and/or garden organics in the green lid bins are usually composted by councils or their contractor, and used on sporting fields, parks, gardens and farms.

  • Contact your local council to find out what services are available.
  • Always avoid placing items such as  metal, plastic or glass in your green lid bin as these will contaminate the compost.





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Page last updated: 24 April 2017