Love Food Hate Waste

Mid-Western Regional Council is a registered partner for the NSW Governments's Love Food Hate Waste program.

Food waste is a big problem - it is the single largest component of household bins in NSW. In NSW, over 1.1 million tonnes of food is thrown away each year. By wastubg food - fresh fruit and vegetables, leftovers, takeaways, packaged and long life products, drinks and even frozen food - the average NSW household throws away $1036 a year.

By being less wasteful, you can save money and reduce your impact on our environment. Love Food Hate Waste is about providing you with practical tips and tools you can use every day like planning your meals, preparing a shopping list, and learning how to best store your food. Please follow the links below to read further on these topics:

Explore the Love Food Hate Waste website for how your household can avoid food waste as well as saving money and protecting the environment. Visit:

  • Buy It for great ideas on food shopping
  • Cook It to find out how much food you really need and for delicious recipes that use up left over ingredients
  • Save It for how to keep your food fresh and prevent it from ending up in the bin
  • Love food to learn about the issues and how wasting less food helps our environment

Or click here to download a brochure on the program

What do we waste?

In NSW, we throw away $2.5billion worth of edible food a year. Here is what we throw away:

$848 million of fresh food
$694 million of leftovers
$371 million of packaged and long-life products
$231 million of drinks
$231 million of frozen food
$180 million of take-aways