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The Australian Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year

$2,766,210,045,661,748

Australia is one of the highest producers of waste per head of population in the world.

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Australia is one of the top countries that produce the most waste.

 

 

In Australia, we waste around 8 billion of food each year to landfill, most of which is fresh food and leftovers! Waste generated in Australia grew at a much faster rate than the economy, increasing by approximately 163% between 1996-97 and 2013-14 (ABS 2016). The Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year. Over 5 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill, enough to fill 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. One in five shopping bags end up in the bin, which equals to $3,800 worth of groceries per household each year. 35% of the average household bin is food waste and it is a major source of greenhouse gases, most notably Methane.

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Courtesy of @LacourseParker.

Methane is so much worse for the planet

Landfilling is the most common waste management practice and results in the release of Methane gas from the anaerobic decomposition of organic materials. Methane is around 21 times more harmful to the environment than Carbon Dioxide. If the disposal of organic matter were decreased, it would be possible to reduce the amount of Methane gas emissions. 

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