Education focus to latest funding to cut food waste

Education focus to latest funding to cut food waste

The Round 3 Love Food Hate Waste grants have been awarded, with 10 NSW organisations sharing in more than $320,000 for projects aiming to reduce how much food is wasted each year.

The Environmental Trust in partnership with EPA NSW provides the funding as part of the NSW Government’s $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

The grants include $69,794 for the Total Environment Centre, who will work with the Institute of Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, to develop a toolkit for festival and market stall holders to tackle food waste.

Hunter Councils receive $60,516 to work on campus with Newcastle University students to reduce how much food is thrown away.

Announcing the grant winners, Environment Minister Mark Speakman said every year businesses and households in NSW throw away almost a million tonnes of food. This often ends up in landfill, with associated costs for local councils.

“The Round 3 Love Food Hate Waste grants will help people learn how to avoid wasting food by teaching them how to shop for, cook and store food in a sustainable way,” Mr Speakman said. “This includes education about meal planning and portion sizing, safe and efficient food storage and recipes for using leftovers.

More information about the Love Food Hate Waste program, application details and grants allocated is on the website.