Food Waste – Australian Household Attitudes and Behaviours
The Australian National Food Waste Strategy Baseline has identified that nearly 300kgs of food is wasted in Australia per person per year. This equates to a total of 7.3 million tonnes of food, of which households generate 34% of this total and approximately 92% of household food waste still goes directly to landfill, which has significant environmental consequences.
Large amounts of household food waste could be avoided through better purchasing and storing of food, cooking the right portion size, eating leftovers, understanding food safety and date labels, and valuing food as done historically. Achieving these objectives will require large scale household behaviour change by consumers.
Reducing household food waste is paramount to achieve the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre’s ambition of securing Australia’s food future.
Guidelines will be developed for practitioners developing and running campaigns to reduce food waste. These guidelines will be based on behavioural insights and behaviour change theory to prioritise household food waste interventions for each of the identified audience groups around criteria such as potential impact, likely uptake, and ease of adoption.