Food Waste Culprits Named


                        Food Wastage is a global problem. Photo: Cristy

Along with the increase of population, food wastage has become the huge global pollution issue.

According the research from the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, one of the main reason of sources of food waste is the foodservice industry.

In 2016, 53 percent of food waste was produced by restaurants and supermarkets. There are more than 250,000 tones of food waste.

The restaurant such as the hotel breakfast buffets are a big nightmare to the environment, they create so much food waste.

Paul Mok, who works in Melbourne’s Langham hotel, explains that the hotel breakfast buffets must always be inexhaustible and always full.

“The manager remind us the breakfast buffets must look perfect when the first guests come down at 6:30 in the morning and it must still look the same when the last guests leave at 10am.” Paul said.

In addition, supermarkets are expected their vegetables and fruits look fresh in front of consumers to maintain their credibility.

Supermarkets will throw their foods one week before the expiry dates to make sure the foods look fresh. Photo: Cristy

Phoebe Chan, who works in Coles, she said supermarkets will throw most of their goods at least one week before their stated expiry dates.

“Fruits and vegetables don’t come with clear expiration dates. I will tell you that you will probably never see a banana that’s turning brown on the self. A lot of food gets thrown out from supermarkets.” Phoebe said.

Impact of food waste on the environment

According to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), food waste which ends up in landfill produces greenhouse gases and increases  climate change.

The report shows that produced but uneaten food occupies nearly 1.4 billion hectares of land,  representing nearly 30 percent of the world’s farming land area.


How can we solve the food wastage?

“Food Not Bombs” in Brisbane
A group in Brisbane called “Food Not Bombs” is using food thrown out by supermarkets to make into home-cooked meals for homeless people. They say that supermarkets throw away full one bin of foods which already can feed 30 to 40 people.

According the report from Andy Paine, head of  “Food Not Bombs”, the foods thrown out by supermarkets include potatoes, loaves of bread, as well as packaged bananas and donuts.

Andy Paine believed that the incredible amount of food waste will help them provide food for people who in need.

Recycling Food Waste in Melbourne

Several of restaurants in Melbourne are join the food waste recycling program named ‘City Harvest’.

Most of commercial kitchens in Melbourne will install composting machines which it can produce organic matter.

The city garden will be received the compost matter after they are all collected and the vegetables from those gardens sold back to the restauranteurs.

The city gardens will be locate on rooftops and public area in Melbourne CBD.

According the 2013 report from Victorian Government’s Sustainability, the food waste going to landfill was cut by 90 percent.


The government should educate the right concept to the supermarket owners and consumers.
 A “best-before” date is the last date on which you can expect an unopened food to retain all of its quality, including nutrition. 

It can still be sold but supermarkets do not because its consumers thought the foods were not fresh enough and would not buy it. 

A “use-by” date is the last date on which the food may be eaten safely, provided it has been stored following to any stated storage conditions and the package is unopened.


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