You Are What You Waste EXPLORING FOOD WASTE IN PARRAMATTA

Four Households - Food for a week

Four very different households volunteered to show Us how much food they Bought in a week and thEir food waste
The volunteers came from Rydalmere, Dundas, North Parramatta & Telopea
How much waste will they generate?

Did you know that Parramatta residents generate 80,000 tonnes of waste each year?

That's an average of 24kg Of waSte per HOUSEHOLD EVERY WEEK!

...AND much of this is food waste and food packaging!

WHAT A WASTE!

documenting the waste From our volunteer households

The food waste from 4 households: 10 people, 1 week
Council staff sort through the waste
A day's waste in each bag

So what can we do to reduce Food waste?

OUR VOLUNTEERS TOOK PART IN A WORKSHOP TO LEARN HOW THEY COULD REDUCE FOOD WASTE
Each household is given a waste reduction kit
At the end of the workshop, each household PLEDGed TO MAKE A CHANGE

These FAMILIEs have pledged to reduce their waste... WIll you join them?

AFTER THE WORKSHOP

HAVE WE MADE A DIFFERENCE?

FOOD and waste Documented FOR ANother WEEK

We found Less waste

Less packaging

& Better recycling

so what CAN You Do?

Menu planning - Buy only what's needed
Check your pantry and fridge when planning your meals
Write a shopping list and stick to it
Let's Store Our food Correctly
Let's separate our waste better

If we are smart about separating our waste, we could halve the amount going to landfill

Use a compost bin or worm farm to turn food scraps into food for your garden
Recycle glass, paper, cardboard and hard plastic in the yellow bin
Collect recycling loosely in boxes or bins and empty them out to the yellow recycling bin

DON'T PUT RECYCLING INTO SOFT PLASTIC BAGS

Don't puT plastic bags in the yellow recycling bin

DO WE REALLY NEED SO MUCH PACKAGING?

Choose products with recyclable packaging
Minimise the amount of soft plastic packaging, which cannot go in the yellow recycling bin
Better still, avoid plastic altogether
Buy your fruit and vegies at the local farmers' market to avoid packaging
Use re-usable mesh bags for fresh produce
Take your own carry-bag when shopping
Bake at home to minimise plastic packaging
Use a compost bin Or a worm farm to turn your food scraps into food for your garden
This family already had a worm farm...
They are now also using a compost bin to take care of onions and citrus peel, which worms don't like
Food for worms... and great for your compost too!
Use your compost in your garden
grow some HerBs and veGgies
"BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD" ~MAHATMA GANDHI

Thank you to the many people who contributed to:

YOU ARE WHAT YOU WASTE

The four wonderful households
This project is a NSW EPA 'Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative' funded from the Waste Levy
Sustainability and Waste

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