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Do I really waste that much money?

 

So why is food waste such a big deal?

Is it really costing me that much money?

Unfortunately for the average Victorian family, the answer is probably yes.

Here's how much it's costing:Households waste $2200 worth of food

• The average Victorian household throws out $2,200 worth of food each year – that's $42 per week!

One fifth or 20% of the yearly grocery budget is wasted on average. That's like throwing out 1 in every 5 bags of food you buy!

• Victorians collectively throw out $4 billion worth of food each year – that’s enough to feed 367,000 families for a year, based on a weekly spend of $207.

• Victorians throw away $700 million worth of leftovers per year – that’s enough to buy laptops for 580,000 school children

 

So while nobody wants to waste food, it certainly does happen. And it is potentially costing your family money as well as wasting precious resources.

 

The good news?

 

Wasting food is something that we can easily change by just doing a few things differently - like shopping with a list and checking if you're storing items correctly.

You'll save on your grocery bill and help the environment!

 

Next: Check out some of our tips to loving your food more and wasting less.


Love your food

Each year Victorian households throw out 6,500 tonnes of fresh salad leaves.