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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
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Love Food Hate Waste

Dunedin City Council is one of the 59 councils committed to the Love Food Hate Waste New Zealand campaign to be officially launched June 2016.

LFHW NZ is supported by research based on surveying 1,365 New Zealanders. The research produced the following findings which were released public wide in March 2015.

  • It is estimated Kiwis spend $872 million a year on food that then gets thrown away uneaten.
  • In terms of quantity that equals over 124,300 tonnes of food a year – enough to feed around 266,680 people, or the entire population of Dunedin more than twice over.
  • Bread, fruit, vegies and meal leftovers are the most commonly discarded foods.
  • The average household sends around 79kg of edible food to landfills every year.
  • Avoidable food waste costs the average New Zealand household over $563 a year, which equates to nearly $45 million for the Otago region as a whole.
  • The research also showed most people do not realise how much good food they are throwing away and how much it is costing them.

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