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Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Waste and recycling

Food and garden organics waste

On average, NSW households waste over $1,000 each year on food which is bought but never eaten. This means NSW households are collectively spending $2.5 billion dollars annually on food which is thrown away.

Love Food Hate Waste Program

Love Food Hate Waste is our education program to teach NSW households and businesses about how to avoid wasting food.

The NSW EPA works in partnership with over 260 community groups, businesses, government and not-for-profit organisations that deliver Love Food Hate Waste projects in their community. To become a partner simply complete the online partnership registration form.

The program features a website and Facebook page which include recipes and videos to help you reduce food waste.

What can I do?

Get involved by liking Love Food Hate Waste NSW on Facebook.

You can also:

 Love Food Hate Waste grants

To help eligible partners deliver Love Food Hate Waste projects in their community, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)  and Environmental Trust provide grant funding.

Round 4 of the grants are open until 5.00 pm 14 June 2016. For the application forms,  guidelines and more information visit the Environmental Trust website.

For information and resources please email the Love Food Hate Waste team.

Loving Food Day 

The NSW EPA and Environmental Trust hosted a one-day workshop in June 2015 for the community sector detailing the funding opportunities for food waste projects.

Presentations from the day are provided below:

Composting, mulching and worm farming

Sometimes we have food items we cannot eat, for example items such as pineapple skins, eggs shells, bones and tea bags. We can turn this unavoidable food waste into a valuable resource for the garden by composting inedible food scraps, or by placing them in a worm farm or bokashi bucket. These options are also an excellent way of managing our garden waste.

The following guides provide good basic information:

  • Composting: This guide covers the four easy steps to produce great compost as well as the easy compost fix-it guide.
  • Worm farming: Follow the four easy steps to successful worm farming.
  • The marvel of mulch: The 'Marvel of Mulch' a guide to successful mulching.

Local councils often run composting and worm-farming classes; contact your local council for more information.

Local council organics collection services

Space, time and the volume of material can make it hard for households to compost all of their garden waste and unavoidable food waste at home. We support local councils to introduce or expand kerbside collection services to enable households to recycle their organic waste. The collected food and/or garden organics in the green lid bins are usually composted by councils or their contractor, and used on sporting fields, parks, gardens and farms.

  • Contact your local council to find out what services are available.
  • Always avoid placing items such as  metal, plastic or glass in your green lid bin as these will contaminate the compost.

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Page last updated: 26 April 2016