Food waste is a big problem in many developed countries. People throw away food because they haven’t eaten it in time, don’t know what to do with it, or simply don’t want it. According to Foodwise, Australians throw away up to 20% of the food they purchase. They say that Australians waste 4 million tonnes of food each year. So how can you do your part to reduce food waste?

Reduce Waste When Cooking

The first step you can take is to reduce the food you waste when you’re cooking. This can mean making simple changes, like making sure you use all of the edible parts of a vegetable. Many people mistakenly throw away bits they could use or only want to make sure of the tastiest parts.

Use Scraps and Leftovers

It can be tough to know what to do with little bits of leftovers or even scraps from preparing a meal. There’s not enough to eat on its own, so what do you do with it? If you want to make use of leftovers, you can find plenty of ideas online. Bread crusts can make bread crumbs, and leftover chicken can go into a curry, soup or even a risotto.

Understand Sell-by and Use-by Dates

Many people throw things away because they think they’re no longer edible. But it’s important to treat use-by and sell-by dates as a guideline, especially with some foods more than others.

Be Aware of Recycling Options

When you do dispose of food waste, it’s important to know how to do it in an eco-friendly way. Recycling and composting helps to reduce the amount you throw away.

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