The average NSW household throws away $3,800 of edible food each year. Wasting food not only costs you money, and is also a waste of the energy, natural resources and water that was used to grow, package and transport the food.
In landfill, food waste and other organic materials decompose and create methane, which is a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. We capture this methane and use it to generate electricity, which we then feed back into the electricity grid as a source of renewable green energy. Even though this prevents the methane from escaping into the atmosphere, it is better to avoid creating food waste in the first place.