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Love Food Hate Waste

Love Food Hate WasteNew Zealand families waste about $560 each year edible food. This adds up to a staggering $872 million for the whole country.

That is enough food to provide all school aged children in NZ for with lunch for 3 years!

Tauranga City Council is proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to turn this around, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food. 

For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money visit:

Top Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Prevent food from going off by storing food correctly:

  • Bread in the freezer
  • Potatoes in a dark place
  • Vegetables in a sealed container lined with a paper towel
  • Sore leftovers in a clear container so people can see what’s inside
  • Make an ‘eat me first’ section in your fridge and cupboard

Use older foods and eat leftovers:

  • Peel, cut and freeze ripe fruit and use them in smoothies e.g. bananas
  • Stew older fruits or use them in crumbles or sauces e.g. apples
  • Turn stale bread or bread crusts into croutons, breadcrumbs or toast
  • Take your leftovers for lunch, which will save you time and money

Before you go grocery shopping:

  • Check your cupboards and plan to use leftover ingredients in new meals
  • Plan your meals for the week and make a shopping list

Before you put your groceries away:

  • Organise your fridge and cupboards to ensure older foods are visible
  • Separate food into portions before putting into the freezer

Before and after cooking your meal:

  • Be conscious of correct portion sizes
  • Use leftover ingredients in new meals or take for lunch the next day e.g. leftover meat on pizzas
  • Freeze excess food e.g. pasta, bread and bananas

If you have any ideas about how our community can work together to reduce food waste, please contact Council:

LFHW posterRecipe card 

Love Food Hate Waste poster and recipe card (leftover roasted kumara and roast meat herb croquettes) (673kb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 28/03/2017