Food Waste

In Newcastle, around 30% of our red lid general waste bin is food waste. We throw away an average of 2.6kg of food waste per household per week. That's over 135kg per household each year. Across City of Newcastle, we throw away 8,650 tonnes of food each year, just from our homes.

There are many simple things we can do to reduce the amount of food waste we're throwing away.

Frequently asked questions

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.

Avoid creating food waste

The best thing to do, for your budget and the environment, is to avoid creating food waste in the first place. Meal planning and using a shopping list are two very simple ways to do this. The NSW Government's Love Food, Hate Waste website has lots of ideas, hints and tips to help you.

Composting and worm farming your left overs

Recycle the food waste you can't avoid by using a compost bin or worm farm. These are natural forms of recycling that turn your food waste into organic material that can be used to improve the quality of the soil in your garden. You can sign up for our subsidised home composting program by clicking the 'Home Composting Revolution' link below.

The NSW Government also has very simple guides on how to compost and worm farm.

Your green lid bin is only for collecting garden organic waste. Once collected, the material is brought to Summerhill Waste Management Centre where it is stock piled onsite and then shredded before being transported to a composting facility. It is used to make compost, which is then used in mine site rehabilitation in the Hunter Valley. This system is not designed to manage food waste and if food waste is placed in your green lid garden organics bin, it can contaminate not only the truck load but also the environment where it is stockpiled

At this time, food waste is disposed of in your household red lid general waste bin. City of Newcastle has awarded a contract for an advanced organics recycling facility at Summerhill Waste Management Centre as part of our commitment to revolutionise food and garden waste management. The introduction of a kerbside food waste collection service is proposed once the facility is fully operational, and will be planned over the coming years in consultation with the community.

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