WE ARE ONE OF THE MOST WASTEFUL COUNTRIES IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD.



TAKE A LOOK AT THESE STATISTICS:

  • Australia is one of the most wasteful countries in the developed world

  • Every year the waste we generate is growing at twice the rate of our population

  • Australia uses over 10 million plastic bags a day – plastic bags are causing huge problems in our oceans

  • 85% of soft plastics from bags and packaging ends up in landfill

  • Australia pioneered recycling programs in the 60s starting initiatives such as Clean Up Australia Day

  • The average Australian family throws out over $3.5k worth of food every year – that’s about a tonne!

  • Australia produces enough food each year to feed around 60 million people (over twice our population), yet many Australians struggle to put food on the table.

  • 3.3 million tonnes of food waste produced every year, 2.6 million of that from households. This is enough to fill the MCG 6 times!

  • Approximately 1/5th of bought food is thrown away – one in every five shopping bags!

  • On average 1/3 of household rubbish is food waste

  • When food rots in landfill it lets off methane, which is 25 times more potent than the C02 produced by cars

  • If 1% of the population composted food scraps instead of throwing them in the bin, it would save 45 million kgs of CO2

  • Australians eat 5 million bananas a day, making it the number 1 selling supermarket product. A large percentage of bananas don’t reach the shelves.

  • Australian supermarkets and other retailers send approximately 170k tonnes of food to landfill each year

  • If global food waste was a country, it would be the third largest green house gas emitter behind China and the US SOURCE: THE WAR ON WASTE

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