/ 09 March 2021

Get in the bin

Nearly one-fifth of food that is produced globally ends up in landfill, a new report published by the United Nations has revealed. It estimated that 17% of food – amounting to 1.03 billion tonnes – is wasted every year. About 60% comes from households, while restaurants and retailers account for 26% and 13%, respectively. And when taking into account farming and supply chain waste estimates, researchers say the total percentage of food lost could be as high as a third. While food waste is often considered to be a problem for developed nations, the report found levels were similar across all nations. Here in Oz, there are calls for councils to put small food bins in every household so food scraps can be turned into compost/soil fertiliser.

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