Reducing Food Waste

Green Industries SA’s strategic priority to recover and process food waste is underpinned by investment in infrastructure and the systems to collect and process organic waste, including food waste.

The Australian Government’s National Food Waste Strategy aims to achieve a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 – ‘By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses’.

Our actions provide a valuable platform to further increase the capture and recovery of material to feed those in need, for processing to replenish soils, and to create new food. 

Preventing food wastage reduces household and business expenditure. Diverting organics from landfill: lowers landfill costs to councils and, in turn households; supports local industry and jobs; reduces greenhouse gas emissions. 

The application of composted organics to farmland and horticulture increases the viability of farmland by reducing fertiliser needs, increasing productivity, reducing water and herbicide requirements, improving soil structure and soil micro biota.

Valuing our food waste

Valuing our Food Waste: South Australia’s strategy to reduce and divert household and business food waste integrates policy measures, behavioural change actions and support for industry to address household and business-generated food waste and contribute to national and global targets. Themes within this Strategy, led by Green Industries SA, complement existing policy measures, including developing a circular economy, eliminating single-use plastics, working within the waste management hierarchy, and supporting the South Australian resource recovery industry. 

Taking action to support a reduction in the amount of food wasted and established resource recovery systems improves the resilience of community and industry sectors to maintain continuity in times of disruption.