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Counting our mounting food waste pile

Alex Druce
Australian households increased their food waste by 15 per cent over the past year


According to Rabobank's 2019 Food Waste Report:

* Aussies binned $10.1 billion worth of food in 2019, a 15 per cent increase on $8.9 billion wasted in 2018.

* The average Australian household wasted $1,026 worth of food over the year, a $136 increase per household in the space of 12 months.

* Australians waste 13 per cent of their weekly grocery spend.

* Household waste makes up 34 per cent of food waste nationally, with 31 per cent from primary production and 25 per cent from manufacturing.

* Less than three in 10 recognise the impact food waste has on the environment.

* Under 25s are the biggest culprits when it comes to food waste, binning $1,446 of the food they purchase every year, up $234 from 2018.

* Baby Boomers remain the least wasteful of all Australians, throwing out only $498 of their food.

* All Australian state reported an increase in food waste in 2019, though Queensland showed the most restraint with a 0.5 per cent increase in total waste.

* Victoria is the most wasteful state, increasing annual food waste by 2.6 per cent, meaning a total 13.9 per cent is thrown in the bin.

* The NT is the most frugal with just 10.4 per cent of food being thrown out.