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Food rescue organisation, OzHarvest has launched a new campaign to tackle the 2.5 million tonnes of food wasted from homes every year.
ABC’s current affairs program Q&A will feature waste management leaders as it discusses the current issues facing Australia’s waste and recycling industry.
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Joining them will be Craig Reucassel, host of the ABC’s War on Waste program and Tony Jones, the host of Q&A.
Ms Sloan will also appear in episode three of the second season of the War on Waste, which begins on Tuesday 24 July.
The panel will also include Ronni Kahn, an Australian entrepreneur who started the food rescue charity Oz Harvest. The charity partners with the United Nations Environment Programme to raise awareness on the issue of food waste and works with governments and key stakeholders with a goal to halve waste by 2030.
Nature’s Organics CEO Jo Taranto will also be part of the panel. She is also the director of social enterprise start up “Good for the Hood”, whose mission is to inspire communities around the country to reduce waste.
Rounding out the panel is the President of the Australian Local Government Association David O’Loughlin. He has held executive positions across the public and private sectors of the construction industry for more than 27 years and now represents local government, including at Ministerial Councils and the Council of Australian Governments.
Food services provider Compass Group Australia has joined forces with OzHarvest to cut down on food waste.
The partnership sees Compass become the first and major national food service donor for the food rescue organisation.
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Compass Group Australia Managing Director Shelley Roberts said the group purchases around 50,000 tonnes of fresh food every year.
“By managing food sustainably and reducing waste, we can help our clients save money, help those in the community who are in need, and conserve valuable agricultural resources for future generations,” she said.
The Federal Government placed the issue of food waste on the national agenda at a recent Food Waste Summit.
OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn said fighting food waste requires collective action and working with national organisations like Compass is key to influencing change.
“We are proud Compass Group has come on board as a national food service donor, sharing our vision for a world with zero waste and free of hunger,” he said.
“In addition to donating surplus food, Compass has committed to providing funding that will help us provide 200,000 meals per year.”