‘Love Your Leftovers’ is an exciting initiative being undertaken by NetWaste Councils Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Orange, Forbes and Parkes, to help tackle the food waste crisis. The aim is to create a ‘Love Your Leftovers’ online recipe book that is inspired by the community for the community.

Food waste is a global issue with local solutions. Together, the Councils are calling on individuals, local schools, community groups and businesses to get involved by sharing their favourite leftovers-inspired recipes, plus any tips and ideas about practical ways to reduce food waste.
Once completed, the online recipe book will be free to download from Council’s website and will be a valuable tool in helping residents to find inspiration and ideas to reduce food waste and transform leftovers into nutritious, delicious dishes.

How can I contribute?

If you have a great recipe idea you would be willing to share, or even some practical ideas on reducing food waste, we would love to hear from you!
You can complete and submit your recipe or idea for reducing food waste by ONE of the following ways:

Recipe submissions should focus on using up pantry staples and leftovers. We welcome meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks!

Submissions for the online recipe book close on Friday 25th November 2022.

For more information on this initiative, contact NetWaste’s education consultant on 0400 407 685 or via email at netwaste.loveyourleftovers@envirocom.com.au

Food waste facts

Food waste in Australia is a growing issue:

  • Food waste costs the Australian economy $36.6 billion annually
  • The average Australian household throws away $2,500 worth of food every year – that’s equivalent to one in five shopping bags
  • Australia produces enough food each year to feed around 60 million people
  • Over five million Australians experience food insecurity each year, one quarter of these are children
  • Each year we waste around 7.6 million tonnes of food, 70% of this is perfectly edible
  • The top five most wasted foods in Australia are vegetables, bread, fruit, bagged salad and leftovers
  • When food waste rots in a landfill, it generates harmful greenhouse gas emissions

Love Food Hate Waste

NetWaste’s ‘Love Your Leftovers’ initiative is inspired by the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) Love Food Hate Waste Program. The program helps households, communities and business to reduce food waste and protect the environment.

For more information about the Love Food Hate Waste program and for helpful advice, tips and resources for reducing food waste, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au.