Kiwi households toss $560 a year on wasted food

Long Lunch 27/06/2018
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Kiwi families are tossing the equivalent of three shopping trolleys worth of food each year, according to Love Food Hate Waste.

Love Food Hate Waste project manager Jenny Marshall told RadioLIVE that it’s a statistic that New Zealanders should not be proud of.

Leftovers, according to Ms Marshall, are the second most thrown away food item.

“That’s the one I’m always sort of surprised about. It takes a lot of time and effort to cook a delicious meal, and then not to eat all of it? It’s kind of a real shame.”

The organisation’s National Food Waste Audit discovered that Kiwis are wasting roughly 79kg per household, which adds up to about $560 over the year.

Some easy tips from Love Food Hate Waste:

  • Produce like apples will last much longer by storing them in the fridge
  • Chips can be reheated in the oven and crisp up nicely
  • Stick to an organised list to the supermarket if you only go once a week
  • Foods susceptible to mould (like bread) can be stored in the freezer
  • No matter how small your leftovers are, don’t throw them away

Listen to the full interview with Jenny Marshall above. 

The Long Lunch with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.