Food waste in Brisbane

Food waste is one of the largest volumes of avoidable material that goes into Brisbane's landfill every year, representing about one-quarter of the average rubbish bin's contents from Brisbane homes. 

Brisbane City Council's Love Food Hate Waste program is here to help you reduce the amount of food you throw away and save money.

Food waste facts

Research shows that most people care about the amount of food they waste but significantly underestimate how much food goes into their bin. 

Did you know:

  • Australian households throw away 2.5 million tonnes of edible food a year
  • globally, about one billion tonnes of food produced for human consumption is wasted each year
  • food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion dollars a year in lost and wasted resources
  • food waste is costing most Australian households around $2200 and $3800 every year
  • in Brisbane, residents throw away approximately 80,000 tonnes of food waste each year
  • approximately one in every five bags of groceries we buy is thrown away

Every time we waste food, we are also wasting the resources used to get it to our plates (i.e. water, energy, transport).

Top 10 wasted foods

The top 10 foods that Brisbane residents throw in the bin are:

  • bread
  • bananas
  • broccoli
  • oranges
  • watermelon
  • apples
  • pumpkin
  • onion
  • corn
  • potatoes.

Does this sound familiar? The great news is food waste can be avoided. But first, you need to understand why you waste food.

Why we waste food

Food waste is usually unintentional, resulting from unexpected changes in plans and busy lifestyles.

Unplanned takeaway meals, buying and cooking too much, and a lack of time are some of the most common things that lead to food waste.

Do you know what the causes of food waste in your household are? Why not try keeping a food diary for a week to find out? Download our free guide and learn which behaviours you can target first to get the most bang for your buck.  

Love Food Hate Waste is here to help you make easy, practical changes to the way you plan, prepare, store and eat the ingredients you've purchased so they don't end up in the bin.

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Last updated: 28 May 2021
Topics: waste