The tide is turning on food waste in Australia, with Aussies having reduced food wastage by $700 million last year according to The Rabobank Food Waste Report released yesterday.
The research revealed a 7 per cent reduction from $9.6 billion in 2017 to $8.9 billion in 2018, but experts say there is still a long way to go to combat the issue.
“The results are encouraging however it is key that Australian households focus on reducing waste even further, while also saving money for their families,” Head of client experience, Rabobank ANZ, Glenn Wealands said.
The report that the average Australian household wastes $890 of food, with millennials (Gen Z and Gen Y) the biggest culprits and city dwellers wasting more than their rural counterparts.
Residents in NSW and WA the worst offenders while TAS and NT wasted the least.
While three quarters of Australians care about reducing waste, there’s still work to be done with Australians wasting a collective $8.9 billion on food in 2018, a total of $890 per household.
The rise in new food delivery trends are causing increasing food waste. Those using food delivery services wasted 15.2 per cent of their food compared to 8.4 per cent among those who do not.
Online grocery is another downfall for people, with those who do at least 20 per cent of their grocery shopping on line wasting 19 per cent of the food they buy.
The main culprit for food waste is food going off before it can be finished (75 per cent), while 45 per cent are buying too much during the weekly shop. Insufficient meal planning (34 per cent) and fussy kids were also among the reasons for food waste in households.
“While is it pleasing that Australians consumers are wasting less food compared to 12 months ago, there is clearly much to do to raise awareness about food production and waste and more urgently implement better practices to reduce waste – while also improving the finances of all Australians,” Wealands added.
The report said that with populations rising we could run out of food by 2050 if we don’t curb our food waste.