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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

BREAKING DOWN AUSTRALIA'S EXPANDING FOOD WASTE BILL

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.