New Zealand families waste about $560 each year on food which is thrown uneaten into the rubbish bin.
This adds up to a staggering $872 million for the whole country. It also results in 122,000 tonnes of edible food going to landfill and generating greenhouse gases.
Hauraki District Council is proud to be part of the national LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE NZ campaign which aims to turn this around, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food.
Tips to reduce food waste and save money
For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz
For more information about the campaign visit Love Food Hate Waste on Facebook.
With a little bit of love and the right recipe you can turn any ingredient into a tasty meal that will be too good to waste. For inspiration for that ingredient that you just don't know what to do with, see 8 WAYS WITH...
Or try the Easy Choice meal planner and recipe book to make dinner time easy. Collect one from any of our Council offices or if you prefer, you can view it online:
Groups working to minimise food waste in New Zealand
- Community Fruit Harvesting rescues surplus produce from gardens and orchards. For contacts in your area view the locations.
- Food rescue groups operate across New Zealand. View a location near you.
- The Social Pantry operates in six locations around New Zealand.