Australians are collectively wasting $9.6 billion on food each year according to new research released by RaboDirect.
In a survey of 2,300 people aged between 16 and 65, the RaboDirect Food & Farming Report shows that Australians are wasting an average of 14 per cent of their weekly grocery buy. In total, this equates to over $1050 each year.
The report reveals the habits which are contributing to food waste in Australia, including never eating food past its ‘best before’ date and not eating leftovers.
Why is food being wasted?
The leading cause of food waste according to 82 per cent of respondents is a product going off and becoming unusable before they can use it.
43 per cent of people stated they buy too much food, making this the second leading cause of food waste in Australia.
The results of the RaboDirect report show that food waste is still an issue in Australia, according to the Head of RaboDirect, Beden Cronin.
“Australians can make a few small changes to everyday habits, such as using leftovers for lunches through the week, which will help reduce food waste,” Cronin said.
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