New guide to help businesses reduce and recycle food waste

Our new guide, released today, aims to help cafes, restaurants, and other hospitality and retail businesses to reduce costs by avoiding or recycling more of the 237,000 tonnes of food waste currently going to landfill.

The guide follows the release of new figures, based on 433 audits in the food retail and hospitality sector, which shows a significant opportunity to cut costs by reducing or recycling up to 98% of food waste currently sent to landfill.

Food waste currently sent to landfill—nearly enough to fill Melbourne’s Eureka Tower—costs businesses money, and releases greenhouse gases when it breaks down in landfill. Recycling more food waste will support more jobs turning food and green waste into compost—in turn supporting farmers using this product to grow produce.

Food waste recycling for business guide provides practical advice to help businesses reduce or recycle their food waste so that it doesn’t end up in landfill. Food waste recycling collection services and on site systems to dehydrate, process or compost food waste are among the solutions provided in the guide.

It offers practical solutions for businesses to overcome common barriers—such as staff education, cost and space—which can prevent them from recycling food waste.

MWRRG Chief Executive Officer, Jill Riseley said reducing or recycling food waste is good for business as well as the environment:

“We know many businesses are doing it tough right now and our guide will help them reduce costs and come back more financially and environmentally sustainable—helping them thrive longer term.

“Reducing or recycling food waste isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for the bottom line too. Food is an expensive input for businesses—reducing and recycling food waste offers businesses a way to cut costs and show their customers commitment to the environment.

“Seventy-six per cent of Australian businesses believe good waste management improves the public’s perception of them.

“Recycling food waste isn’t more difficult than recycling cardboard or plastics, which many businesses already do well. Understanding how to recycle food waste is a major hurdle, which our guide will help overcome.

“Our comprehensive, practical guide builds on the support we’ve already provided to help increase food waste recycling and complements the work councils are doing to support businesses—all of which is helping businesses claw back some of the lost value from food waste.”

Food waste is a priority of the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy and action plan for waste and recycling—Recycling Victoria: a new economy—with targets to halve food waste and have the amount of food and green waste sent to landfill by 2030.

We worked with councils, the Victorian Government environment portfolio and industry to produce the guide. There is a snapshot and full version of Food waste recycling for business guide available


Last updated: 26/11/2021