Love Food Hate Waste education

Program snapshot

Category: Organics Infrastructure Fund

Amounts: Total of $1.6 million

Eligible bodies: Local councils, non-governmental organisations, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, businesses, industry associations, NSW government entities and education service providers

Contact: 1300 361 967 or

Status: Round 6 closed 4pm 19 November 2018. Note that only Stream 3 was available in this round.

Managed by: the NSW Environment Protection Authority


Love Food Hate Waste grants support eligible organisations to deliver projects that help households or businesses reduce the amount of edible food they waste.

What will be funded?

The Love Food Hate Waste grants will be delivered via three streams. Streams 1, 2 and 3 are currently closed.

Stream 1 – Household education. Grants of up to $20,000 per year to support organisations including councils, businesses, not-for profits and community organisations to use Food Smart to educate households to waste less food.

Stream 2 - Business education. Grants of up to $30,000 per year to support organisations, including councils, businesses, not-for profits, community organisations to use Your Business is Food to educate and provide support to NSW food businesses to reduce food waste.

Stream 3 - Love Food Communities. Grants of up to $250,000 for up to five NSW towns, cities or regions to plan and deliver a two-year whole-of-city approach to food waste prevention.

Application details 


Round 5 recipients - project summaries

Round 5 allocated $516,248 to 17 projects.

Central Coast Council: $20,000

Central Coast Council’s Food Smart program will be delivered in two stages. Stage 1 includes 25 workshops that will teach 300 families about the impacts of food waste and about the Food Smart program. Stage 2 will support households though Food Smart by providing guidance on the Food Smart actions. Participants will celebrate what they learnt and share tips at feasts which will showcase seasonal ingredients.

Ethnic Communities Council: $20,000

This project delivered by the Ethnic Communities Council will teach 180 families with young children from a culturally and linguistically diverse background about the Love Food Hate Waste philosophy. Families will learn how to avoid food waste, save time and money by using the Food Smart kit. This project also encourages families to teach other families by sharing what they have learnt.

Healthy Cities Illawarra: $13,749.60

120 households will join Healthy Cities Illawarra’s Food Smart program which includes 12 hands on cooking classes. These classes will introduce the food waste issue and provide families with tips to tackle it at home. Families will also be encouraged to sign up for the Food Smart Program and will receive the Food Smart kit and personalised emails to help them through the program.

Ku-ring-gai Council: $19,132

Ku-ring-gai Council’s Food Smart project will engage residents, schools and council staff via workshops, events and social media. The project will increase participants awareness of the food waste issue as well as their skills to avoid food waste by following the steps in the Food Smart program. This project will work closely with the Chinese and Korean communities.

Macarthur Regional Organisation of Council: $19,760

MACROC will integrate Food Smart into workshops delivered by the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living such as its Little Explores pre-schoolers and parents program. The program will be delivered to 200 families who will receive the Food Smart kit, weekly contact and be part of a closed Facebook group. Families who complete Food Smart will be invited to attend a Cooking with Leftovers workshop to expand their culinary skills by learning ways to use up ingredients they have at home

Metcash IGA: $18,817

Over 8,000 families will be reached during IGA’s Food Smart Program. Metcash will engage members of its IGA Family Program and inspire 500 families to sign up to the Food Smart program. Staff will also be encouraged to participate in Food Smart and reduce their food waste at home. Information about Food Smart and food waste will be published on IGA’s website and it will encourage families to complete the program by providing helpful tips, games and a food waste avoidance calculator.

MidWaste: $13,500

Midwaste will deliver Food Smart Families in partnership with early childhood centres on the mid coast of NSW.  Over 1000 families will be invited to take part in the Food Smart program to learn simple actions to make the most of their food such as writing a shopping list. Families that participate in Food Smart will be invited to a bees wax wrap workshop where they will also learn about different food storage techniques. 

Netwaste: $11,980

Food Smart Pantry to Plate will be delivered to families in Wellington, Forbes, Nyngan, Warren, Cobar and Bourke. NetWaste will be joined by former MasterChef winner Kate Bracks to deliver interactive workshops that teach families how to make the most of their food. The project will also be supported by messaging from the Cancer Council NSW’s Eat it to beat it program.

North East Waste: $20,000

North East Waste will work with 10 child care centres and will host workshops for parents who have signed up to the Food Smart program. During the program families will learn the Food Smart principles such as planning meals and using leftovers. For families that complete Food Smart they will be invited to a Food Smart Celebration where they will learn how to make bees wax wraps and about food storage.

Eurobodalla Shire Council: $60,000

This project will support 70 food businesses on the NSW south coast to reduce their food waste by at least 25 per cent. Eurobodalla Shire Council will guide businesses through Your Business is Food and provide strategies to increase food waste avoidance behaviours. Relationships between famers and food business will also be strengthened as businesses will be encouraged to order local produce which is often fresher and lasts longer.

Cool Planet: $59,500

60 businesses in Byron, Ballina and Tweed areas of NSW will be supported to reduce their food waste through Cool Planet’s Your Business is Food program. Cool Planet will also inform customers through a local media campaign about how they can support businesses who are reducing food waste. This project builds on the support Cool Planet has provided to business on the north coast of NSW.

LendLease: $57,291

Lendlease will deliver Your Business is Food to food businesses at its Barangaroo development. 25 businesses will be supported in Year 1 and be used as case studies in Year 2 to inspire other businesses at Barangaroo. At the end of the program all Barangaroo businesses will have joined Your Business is Food and learnt how to reduce their food waste. This project aligns with Lendlease’s environmental principle of reducing its contribution to climate change.

Metcash: IGA $56,375

Metcash will deliver Your Business is Food to 77 of its IGA stores throughout NSW. In Year 1, Metcash will focus on 25 store that will measure and document their food waste across the supply chain. In Year 2, Your Business is Food will be rolled out to other NSW stores. Metcash will also develop a tool kit for regional managers who want to reduce food waste in their store.

Midwaste: $16,800

Midwaste’s Your Business is Food Program will support 20 businesses in the region to reduce their food waste. The program will focus on avoidance in terms of spoilage, preparation and plate waste and guide food businesses’ through a waste review and the implementation of simple actions to reduce their food waste. Customers will also be engaged throughout this program and learn how to reduce food waste when eating out.

North East Waste: $20,480

NEWaste will deliver Your Business is Food to businesses operating in each of its seven local council areas. It will work a range of businesses including clubs, restaurants, catering businesses, a tourist facility, tourist accommodation, and aged care facilities. Once a business has signed up they will be given hands-on support, staff training and provision of necessary equipment to help with reducing food waste.

Regional Development Australia Southern Inland: $58,863

Regional Development Australia Southern Inland will partner with Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre to deliver Your Business is Food to cafes, restaurants and pubs in the area. Businesses will sign a pledge to reduce their food waste by 20 per cent. They will also be invited to a round table meeting to share ideas and receive one-on-one consultation sessions to support them while implementing their food waste avoidance behaviours

Restaurant and Catering Industry Association: $30,000

The Restaurant and Catering Industry Association (R&CA’s) will use a variety of methods to engage its NSW members with Your Business is Food. This includes weekly emails, information on the members portal, social media content and information in the R&CA’s magazine. Members will also receive the Your Business is Food tool kit which includes information and resources to support businesses to reduce food waste.

Past recipients

The Love Food Hate Waste grants have been significantly updated from previous years. The information relating to past recipients is for reference purposes only. 
View the project summaries

  • Round 1 allocated $356,797 to 10 projects.
  • Round 2 allocated $237,684 to 8 projects.
  • Round 3 allocated $324,210 to 10 projects.
  • Round 4 allocated $214,125 to 7 projects.
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