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Environmental impacts

Food thrown into our garbage bin ends up in landfill.

Because of the way food waste breaks down in landfill; it can create methane, a greenhouse gas. Unless well managed it can lead to potential environmental and public health risks. Wasting food wastes resources

Based on the estimated 250,000 tonnes of avoidable food waste sent to landfill each year, avoidable food waste disposed of to landfill from Victorian households has the potential to generate up to 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (C02e) per year (Sustainability Victoria 2014).

Wasting food has a significant impact on our precious resources too. When we waste food, we also waste the resources used to grow our food (water, soils and energy) and all the energy used to process, package and transport food from markets to our homes.

Reducing the amount of food waste in landfill will over time reduce the impact of waste on the environment, public health and amenity.


For more on how food waste affects climate change, this blog post from the World Resources Institute is a great resource: What’s Food Loss and Waste Got to Do with Climate Change? A Lot, Actually.


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Each year Victorian households throw out 64,500 tonnes of bread, pastry and biscuits.