Food waste

What's the deal with food waste?

Around 40% of the average household garbage bin is filled with wasted food every week. This equates to throwing away over $1000 per household per year. Save that money and support a better food system by recycling your food waste.

Why recycle food?

The food in your garbage bin breaks down in landfill and together with other organic materials it becomes the main contributor to the generation of methane- a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Wasting food also wastes the energy, water and natural resources used to grow, package, transport and market that food.

What can I do?

Avoid food waste

The best ways to reduce the amount of food going in to your rubbish bin is to avoid it in the first place or to recycle it naturally.

Inner West Council supports the Love Food, Hate Waste program which aims to reduce the amount of food waste households and businesses generate with resources, tips and recipes that will help you avoid wasting food.

Recycle your food

1. Composting and worm farming

Composting and worm farming are natural recycling systems whereby organic food waste is broken down into smaller nutrients. The organic resources released in the waste can also improve soil health and avoid the use of chemical fertilizers in your garden. So both composting and worm farming are easy and important ways to give nutrients back to your soil and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Learn more about composting and worm farming.

2. Food waste recycling service for units

If you live in a unit in the former Leichhardt Council area (i.e. Annandale, Balmain, Birchgrove, Lilyfield, Leichhardt and Rozelle), you can participate in the food recycling service as an addition to your waste and recycling bin service. Learn more about the food waste recycling service.



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