Love Food, Hate Waste, Save Money

In New Zealand, the average family throws 3-full shopping trolleys of uneaten food into the bin each year which is more than $560 of food going to waste.

Bread is the most wasted food in New Zealand with 20 million loaves thrown out each year
20 million loaves of bread are thrown out in NZ each year.

The Love Food Hate Waste website helps people reduce the amount of food that they throw out in order to save money and the environment.

"Often when we think about food waste we associate it with supermarkets and businesses, but the reality is the most significant proportion of food waste actually happens in the home," said Donna Peterson, Senior Waste Officer, WasteNet Southland.

"That's why it is important to help people create less waste to begin with.  The Love Food Hate Waste website has practical tips, storage guides and recipes to help people get the most out of their food."

WasteNet Southland (Gore District Council, Invercargill City Council, and Southland District Council) are three of the 59 Councils collaborating to deliver Love Food Hate Waste around New Zealand.

WasteNet Southland is proud to support Love Food Hate Waste campaign, and are in the middle of organising a series of regional events during the week June 2018 to inspire and enable Southlanders to take simple actions to reduce their food waste.

Donna Peterson says making a few small changes is the easiest way to start reducing your food waste, such as storing bread in the freezer.

Bread is the most wasted food in New Zealand with 20 million loaves being thrown out each year and that doesn't include the bread we throw to the birds.

New Zealand's humid climate means that bread doesn't last well in the pantry and should be stored in the fridge or freezer to prevent it from growing mould.

Well known chefs including Annabel Langbein, Alyson Gofton and Dr Libby Weaver have donated their favourite recipes for using up odds and end to the website.  To learn more visit


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