Your Business is Food
Eurobodalla Shire Council is proud to be involved in the Your Business is Food Program, designed to help businesses waste less food and, in doing so, improve profits.
Your Business is Food is part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) Love Food Hate Waste Program - a food waste avoidance education program that shows households, communities and businesses how to stop wasting food and start protecting the environment.
- Love Food Hate Waste is run by the NSW Environment Protection Authority as part of the NSW Government initiative Waste Less Recycle More, funded from the waste levy.
- The program aims to support food businesses with simple steps and handy resources to avoid food waste, educate staff and customers and promote your business.
- Love Food Hate Waste NSW is licensed from the UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) campaign. It is also delivered by Sustainability Victoria, Brisbane City Council, WasteMinz New Zealand, and Metro Vancouver.
Benefit your business by reducing food waste
The NSW Government’s latest research into food waste found that around $20 billion worth of food is disposed of annually. New South Wales produces some of the largest quantities of food waste in the country, throwing away more than $10 billion worth of edible food each year. For the average household in Moruya, that’s $73 per week or $3,805 over a year.
Food waste is generated across all areas of a business. It occurs at purchasing, storage, preparation, and through leftovers on customers' plates. However, what is wasted is not just food - it's also staff time and disposal costs.
By taking part and avoiding food waste, your business will benefit by:
- saving money on purchasing and waste disposal costs
- reducing food waste related operating costs, which can improve profit
- helping the environment by diverting food waste from landfill.
Reducing food waste doesn't have to be difficult. When you sign-up for the program, a Council project officer will help you:
- conduct a food waste review of your business
- develop a realistic, achievable action plan.
Case study: Wildfire
Since starting Your Business is Food, local business Wildfire Restaurant (Wildfire) has reduced its food waste by 32 kilograms per week.
- Wildfire worked with a Council project officer to explore and understand the source of their food waste and develop a plan to reduce it.
- In addition to undertaking operational steps to reduce waste, Wildfire management engaged their staff and customers with resources to encourage them to join the fight against food waste.
- Wildfire Restaurant also conducted a food waste review to track and measure where the food waste was coming from. This allowed Wildfire to implement some food waste avoidance initiatives like reminding customers that they had the choice to remove unwanted items from meals, like chips or salad.
- They also implemented the use of reusable containers for uneaten food and have tailored specific parts of their menu to minimise food waste.
Below you will find more information about the program, including an information guide:
- NSW Government Love Food Hate Waste: Your Business is Food
- NSW Government Love Food Hate Waste: Your Business is Food information guide
- NSW Government Love Food Hate Waste: Seven steps to boost business profits
If you would like to get involved in Your Business is Food, or in We Care Eurobodalla - a program that helps food businesses reduce single-use plastics - contact Council's Sustainability Coordinator, Heidi Thomson:
- E: Heidi Thomson
- T: 02 4474 1329