Industrial cooker increases FareShare’s capacity to cook recovered food

FareShare is now cooking 5,000 extra meals a week and accepting more food donations thanks to the installation of a new cooker, partly funded by MWRRG.

The funding, provided as part of a pilot commercial and industrial (C&I) waste partnership project, assisted FareShare to purchase a new 250 litre steam kettle for its Melbourne kitchen.

Every year Victoria generates 900,000 tonnes of surplus food. FareShare runs Australia’s largest charity kitchen, working with large businesses to collect excess food and transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people.

The increased capacity has also allowed FareShare to partner with fellow charity SecondBite to recover even more food, support more people in need and divert large volumes of quality food from landfill.

The pilot C&I waste partnership project is a response to research MWRRG commissioned in 2017 which found that C&I food waste represents the second greatest volume of C&I waste sent to landfill, having significant environmental impact, and offers the greatest potential for additional resource recovery.

The project aligns with our strategic objective of reducing waste sent to landfill as outlined in the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan 2016. Download the Metropolitan Implementation Plan snapshot here.


Last updated: 20/05/2020