Tackling Food Waste: It’s A Job For Every Victorian

20 November 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is empowering Victorians to tackle food waste at home and in their local communities.

The Federal Government today announced a new national strategy to slash food waste as part of the first National Food Waste Summit.

Victoria is already leading the way in food waste initiatives – with the Labor Government investing nearly $9 million to help families and businesses reduce waste, support more council collections and create new waste to energy projects.

Sustainability Victoria’s award-winning Love Food, Hate Waste campaign will help hundreds of thousands of Victorians reduce their food waste and save up to $2,200 on annual grocery bills over the next four years.

The Government is also working with businesses to manage food waste across the supply chain and find new ways to use food and organic waste products.

A roundtable hosted by Minister D’Ambrosio earlier this year attracted major food producers and processing companies including Swisse, SPC Ardmona and Devondale Murray Goulburn.

More than $3 million is helping councils set up food and organic waste kerbside collections.

Waste to energy projects around Victoria will receive more than $2 million to help turn organic waste into energy – while a further $1 million has been set aside to fund collection and processing infrastructure for councils, hospitals, restaurants and manufacturers.

The Government is also helping businesses develop new markets for high quality organic products and boost the uptake of recycled organic products in agriculture.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio

“We are tacking food waste from all angles – empowering households and businesses to reduce the waste they generate.”

“About one third of an average household rubbish bin is food waste – it’s clear we have a significant challenge as Victorians to make a change.”

“By working together with industry we can find new ways to be efficient with food waste and develop new products.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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