Brisbane City Council's Love Food Hate Waste program aims to reduce the volume of food waste going to Brisbane landfill each year.

Learn about food waste in Brisbane and simple changes you can make to save money and create a cleaner, greener city with less waste.

Love Food Hate Waste movement

In 2018, Council joined the international Love Food Hate Waste movement, which was launched in the United Kingdom in 2007 to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste. Since its launch, millions of people have responded, resulting in reduced food waste across the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia.

Council has combined local research with the expertise of our international and national Love Food Hate Waste friends, to help empower Brisbane residents to reduce food waste at home.

Every action adds up

Food waste in Brisbane

Food waste makes up 30% of Brisbane's general household waste. Reduce your food waste and save money, help the environment and eat a healthier diet.

Brisbane's top three most wasted foods

Brisbane's top three most wasted foods are bread, meat and takeaway food and soft drink. Find tips on how to prevent, reuse and recycle these items to keep them out of landfill and save you money.

Preventing food waste from school lunchboxes

Our food waste experts have selected the best tips to help parents and carers develop a food waste prevention routine when preparing school lunchboxes.

Four ways banana peels can help your plants 

Did you know that banana peels can be put to good use to help your plants?

Planning meals

Planning your meals and preparing a shopping list can help you save time and money and help to prevent food waste.

Smart food storage

Check out our smart storage tips to prevent food waste, including how to store ingredients found in most Brisbane households.

6-week food waste challenge

Take on the Six-week Food Waste Challenge to help reduce food waste, while saving time and money.

Grow It Local

Council through Grow It Local brings the online, local, 'grow' community to all residents. By signing up for free, you can access many benefits.

OzHarvest sponsorship

Council is a proud sponsor of OzHarvest – an organisation that rescues surplus food from commercial businesses and delivers it to charities around Brisbane that help feed people in need. Council has partnered with OzHarvest since 2019 to help fund three food rescue vans (called Sunny, Ozzie and Tuckerbox) that transport excess food that would have otherwise been wasted in landfill.

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Last updated: 7 July 2022

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