The Truth About Food Waste in Australia

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There is enough evidence pointing out the truth about food waste in Australia. Almost each state Government has carried out studies with the same conclusion: we waste lots of food. As a result, we throw not only food but also money.

When it comes to the topic of food wastage in Australia and all over the world, the statistics shock people. It is a subject that makes people passionate and upset. For some people, it is the fact that we waste lots of money that upsets them. Others it’s about the point that food is a really valuable resource all over the world. Yet most people take it for granted.

But for our company, it is the combination of the two scenarios. We don’t like the fact that people waste food. We see it as a high sense of ignorance of the fact that we are so lucky to have food on our plates three times a day. Also, we know how much food wastage costs our economy. Now, let’s sober up a bit and dig deep into the facts.

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Statistics on food wastage in Australia

The statistics about the wastage of food in Australia changes each year. However, the points we will discuss here – on the same subject – remains unchanged.

Just spare some time to go through the stats and have a clear understanding. Then apply them to your household because you might save money and decrease food wastage.

The average food wastage in Australia

• Each household in Australia wastes food worth $1,036 each year

• Roughly $8 billion dollars for the entire country

• Exactly 4 tonnes of food wastage in Australia

• 500 kg for each household

This translates to 20 percent of the entire food each household purchases. In simple terms, the figure means that for every 5 bags of groceries we buy, we throw one. This is exactly what happens in Australia. Why do we waste food that much? Is it that we don’t need it?

Some of the top reasons why we waste food are because:

• We buy more than we need
• We have no idea of the portions we need to cook: hence we end up cooking in large quantities
• We have no idea of how to preserve food
• We have no clue how to make use of leftovers

What type of food do we waste in Australia?

• Leftovers (27%)
• Fresh produce (33%)
• Takeaway food (7%)
• Frozen food items (9%)
• Drinks (9%)
• Packed products (15%)

As the figures state, we waste a lot of fresh produce simply because we don’t spare time to plan the amount of food we cook. Also, it is because we fail to plan for the exact stuff we want to buy. We also cook food without knowing the quantity of cooked food already in the fridge. Perhaps, you are asking; who is responsible for food wastage?

People who waste food are:

Young people (around 18-24 years) are the ones that buy food in large quantities and eventually end up not using it. They don’t like cooking, instead, they opt to buy.

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Another group that wastes food is households with annual incomes of $100K. Statistics show that as households increase their earnings, the less they care about the waste and cost of food.

Also, families with small kids waste food in Australia. This is because parents hardly have strict schedules and their time management is poor. With all these food wastage, who removes it?

This all comes down to…

Paul’s Rubbish Removal Company, we offer fast and efficient food waste removal right at your door. We ensure that we dispose of waste safely for the environment – recycling it where necessary.

Unlike others, we load rubbish for you, clean up the site and dispose of the rubbish for you. Call us for a quick and friendly chat about your rubbish removal needs on 0407 125 125. Or if you would like to take a look around, kindly visit our website and get a free quote.

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