Ways to avoid food waste:
1. Food Planning
- Plan meals ahead of time, so you only buy the things you need.
- Helps to make the most of what you already have.
- Saves time and money.
- To get started: try planning two to three days at a time and expand from there.
- Check what you already have and write a list before you go. Download The Food Connection Shopping List.
- Plan meals around what food is in season – they are usually cheaper and stay fresher for longer.
- Try not to shop with children or when you are hungry as this increases the likelihood of buying more.
- Remember buy bulk deals and two-for-one specials are only good value if you actually end up using them.
- Cook to a meal plan. Download The Food Connection Meal Planning Guide.
- Get creative to use up ingredients you already have. Search online for recipes that use what you have available in the cupboard or fridge. Get some inspiration from The Food Connection Recipes.
- Plan to cook more for freezing – this can save food, money and time. Check out the Easy Tips for Freezing Food tips and tricks.
- Storing food correctly helps keep it fresher for longer, which means wasting less produce and money.
- Check your fridge temperature is between 1-3 degrees Celsius.
- Check your freezer temperature is minus 18 degrees Celsius.
- Store leftovers in well-sealed and labelled containers in the fridge or freezer. Check out the Easy Tips for Freezing Food tips and tricks.
- Create a ‘use it up’ shelf in the fridge for food that needs to be eaten first.
- Make sure food that needs to be eaten is easy to see in your fridge and pantry.
- Share leftovers with friends or family if they cannot be frozen or safely stored for later.
5. Dealing with food waste
- The best option is to avoid creating food waste in the first place.
- Set up your own compost, bokashi or worm farm to process any food waste you do create. There is a suitable option for every household. Some councils even offer discounts on equipment.
- Some councils collect food and garden waste. Check out your council website.
- Find a compost near you. Some councils offer community composting sites or you can sign up for sharing apps like ‘ShareWaste’.
6. Limit food packaging
- Grow your own food at home.
- Cook at home rather than purchasing takeaway. Take a look at our Fakeaway Friday ideas.
- Eat your food at the café / restaurant, rather than taking it home in packaging. If you do take home, BYO your own containers.
- Use reusable packaging rather than plastic bags, such as washed glass and plastic containers or use bees-waxed wraps.
- Look for items with little or no packaging.
- Learn more about reducing, reusing and recycling.
This Tip Sheet was adapted from several Sustainability Victoria resources (January 2022) Sustainability Victoria | Avoid food waste at home.
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Tips and Tricks have been prepared by nutritionists, dieticians, health professionals and parents from Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.
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