THE Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group has reminded locals of just how much food can be thrown out every year.
According to the group, the average Victorian throws away $2,000 worth of food every year, which they say is an incredible waste of food and money.
The group has provided some simple strategies that can be put in place to reduce the amount of food being thrown away.
Creating a meal plan for your family each week and writing a shopping list before you go to the supermarket means that you know exactly what you need and won’t buy extra food that won’t be eaten.
Storing food correctly is vital to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. Using airtight containers, zip-lock bags and freezing food that you won’t be eating straight away ensures that your fruit and vegetables won’t have gone off by the time you get around to using them.
Using up leftovers in interesting and tasty ways is also important. Being adaptable with your cooking, such as using up vegetables in things like frittatas and pasta sauces, is a great way of getting the most out of the food in your fridge.
Worm farms or compost bins are another useful way to re-use leftovers that are a bit past it, rather than putting them in the landfill bin.
By sticking to these rules we can all reduce our environmental footprint and save money.
Go to lmwrrg.vic.gov.au for more waste facts, tips on reducing food waste and some great recipes that use up leftovers.