Reducing Food Waste

Preserving vegies

Want to save money on your grocery bills? Keen to teach your kids about food?

Or maybe you want to do your bit for the environment?

Learn more about the issue of food waste and check out some of the great events coming up.

Share your story to help others in the Monash community reduce their food waste!

‘Scrap Food Waste in Monash’ campaign

Monash Council is running an education campaign called ‘Scrap Food Waste in Monash’ to raise awareness about avoidable household food waste.

This campaign is supported by a Love Food Hate Waste Local Activity Grant from Sustainability Victoria. Find out more about the campaign in the video below. 

Reducing Food Waste - short story competition winners

Earlier in 2018, Council’s Sustainability team asked residents to share their stories to help inspire others in the Monash community to reduce their food waste using simple tips and tricks. 

The winning entries were contacted in March and won from a range of food waste prizes including preserving jars, reusable produce wraps and bags, compost bins and worm farms.

See tips from the winning entries below:

Maria from Mulgrave:

"Spending time in my grandparents' village in Greece as a child, taught me so much about being mindful with my food waste.  The village folk cooked, fermented and dehydrated foods in the Mediterranean sun. I had a lot of basil growing in my garden and dried it and made a basil powder that can be used in my cooking."

Risa from Mount Waverley has a range of tips to reduce food waste at home:

  • Grow your own vegetables and herbs to enjoy the fresh food and pick on demand
  • Keep leftover rice in the fridge or freezer and use for fried rice
  • To revitalise old strawberries, soak in water with dash of lemon juice for 10 minutes

Leanne from Ashwood:

"My parents were brought up in the post Depression era of the 1930s, and were very strong on not wasting anything. I guess a little of that has rubbed off on me.  We make our own breadcrumbs, drying stale bread in the oven and putting it through an old fashioned mincer.  We eat leftovers for packed lunches, if we have enough we make another meal. And if we can't eat it ourselves, we pass it on the chooks and ducks, the worms and if all else fails, the compost."

Wendy from Hughesdale:

To avoid wasting excess tomatoes from the vegetable garden, Wendy makes her own tomato sauce (pictured below). 



Dominique from Mount Waverley:

"One of my favourite recipes involves freezing very ripe bananas and combining them with chopped frozen strawberries in a food processor until well mixed and of a soft serve consistency. The mixture is the put back into the freezer to make a very healthy and delicious ‘ice cream’ with no added sugars, colours, flavours or preservatives."

Alison from Oakleigh South follows this hierarchy to reduce food waste at home:

  • Feed the family
  • Share garden excess
  • Scraps to the chickens who turn it into eggs for us
  • Food for worms so that excess is returned to my soil to grow more food!

Sandra from Mount Waverley: 

"When I juice oranges I save the skins and add them to a container (plastic or glass) and cover them with raw apple cider before putting them in a dark spot for 4 to 6 weeks, stirring occasionally to make a great all purpose cleaner.  At the end of standing time I drain the resulting liquid into a clean jar and store it in the fridge. To use I pour about a 1/4 cup into a spray bottle and top up with water and use. You could add essential oils but I like the smell. I also add the cloudy liquid at the bottom of the jar to my next batch to speed up the break down of my next batch."

If you have any questions regarding the competition, please contact Council’s Sustainability team on 9518 3792.

Did you know?

Each year in Victoria, households throw out 250,000 tonnes worth of food that could have been eaten - enough wasted food to fill Melbourne's Eureka Tower.

The average Victorian household wastes approximately $2,200 worth of food each year. That’s like throwing out 1 in every 5 bags of food bought!

This avoidable food waste sent to landfill has the potential to generate up to 400,000 tonnes of polluting greenhouse gases per year.

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You can minimise your food waste and save money at the same time by following some simple steps:

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Last updated: 20 June 2018