Reduce your food waste


Did you know that the average Victorian household throws out $2,200 worth of food every year?

That means that 1 in 5 bags of groceries that we buy ends up in the bin!

When we waste food, we also waste all of the resources that were used to grow it - the water, nutrients and soils, and the energy used to process, package and transport food to us.

Find out some simple tips and actions that you can take to avoid food waste, save money, and help to protect our climate.

Avoid food waste in the first place


Food Know How is a free program to help you reduce food waste, save money and get the most out of fresh food!

The program offers online resources and handy tips for smart shopping and food storage, weekly menu planners and great recipes to use up your left overs.

Household tool kit

The household too kit has a range of simple and easy to use tools to help you reduce your food waste and save money while you do it!

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Love your Leftovers

Whether it's last night's dinner or the last few mushrooms in your fridge, there are lots of ways you can love your leftovers.

  • Reinvent last night's dinner into today's lunch!
  • Use up or freeze fresh produce if it is about to go bad
  • Freeze leftovers in single serve portions
  • Start a weekly leftovers night

Discover some amazing recipes and tips to use your leftovers.

Food waste recycling

Its always best to avoid waste in the first place, but for food waste that can’t be avoided, the next best thing is to recycle or compost it.

Council supports home composting and food waste recycling through our Food & Garden waste program and our Compost Community program.

Whether you'd like to use your own compost at home, or you'd prefer to have your food waste collected via our kerbside service, these programs can assist.

Follow the links at the bottom of the page for more information.