New organisation to help Federal Government reach 2030 food waste targets

By Country News

A new organisation to tackle Australia's food waste will be kick-started with $4 million from the Federal Government.

The government is calling for partnership ideas for the new body, with proposals due by September 2.

The body would bring stakeholders together and come up with solutions to meet the government's goal of halving food waste by 2030.

Australians waste more than 7.3 million tonnes of food each year, at a cost of more than $20 billion.

Households are responsible for about one third of that, with about three million tonnes thrown away each year costing thousands of dollars.

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley wants the new body to come up with practical solutions to reduce food waste.

“By reducing food waste, we can put money back into household budgets, improve business bottom lines and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill,” she said.

There will be a voluntary commitment program for industry, with monitoring of reporting and performance.

Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction Trevor Evans said the commitment program would focus on prevention, reuse and food chain innovation.

The independent organisation will partner with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and will eventually become self-funded through membership feeds and partnership contributions.