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Zero Food Waste Challenge Encourages People To Reduce Food Waste

Eastern Bay residents are being encouraged to take part in the upcoming Zero Food Waste Challenge.

The challenge, which runs from September 19th to 25th, promotes a rethink of how we manage our food, how we view food waste and how a few small changes can make a big difference to our household budgets.

Veronica Shale, Founder of Zero Food Waste New Zealand, says food waste is a problem and an opportunity for nearly every household in the country.

“It’s no secret that Kiwis waste too much food. Recent studies show the average Kiwi household throws away at least $1500 worth of groceries every year – that’s a huge amount of money to lose in the bin. We’re encouraging every New Zealander to save money and help save the planet with a week of conversation and action to change those habits for good," Shale says.

“Food that is left to rot buried in landfills accounts for 10 percent of man-made greenhouse gas emissions globally."

5+ A Day Project Manager, Carmel Ireland says, “nearly one third of the food that we throw out is vegetables or fruit. Selecting, storing and carefully using your fresh produce means you can maximise both the nutritional content and the value of your weekly fruit and vegetable shop,”

“The Challenge is a great chance for us to show you how to make the most of your produce from skin to stem with some delicious recipes and tips. Together we can all do our bit to reduce waste and contribute to a healthier planet,” Ireland says.

Registrations for the challenge can be made on


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