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This page details some facts and figures about food waste in New Zealand - and provides some tips for minimising waste.

New Zealand Food Waste

New Zealand families waste about $560 each year on food which is thrown uneaten into the rubbish bin. This adds up to a staggering $872 million for the whole country. 

It also results in 122,000 tonnes of edible food going to landfill and generating greenhouse gases.

Tasman District Council is proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to turn this around, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food.

Reducing Food Waste and Saving Money

Clean out for Christmas - December 2017

'Tis the season for eating. No matter how much we (over)indulge on Christmas Day, there always seem to be leftovers.

Leftovers are a precious part of Christmas, with many Kiwi families counting on leftovers to feed themselves for Christmas dinner, Boxing Day and beyond.

But there inevitably comes a point when you can’t handle another ham sandwich. This is where your freezer steps in.

Instead of throwing away your leftovers – freeze them.

You may be surprised by just how many Christmas foods can be frozen such as cooked turkey, ham and lamb.

Once frozen, the texture changes slightly, so they may no longer be great for sandwiches but will be perfect for using in things like pasta, pies and quiches.

With the exception of salads, other leftover vegetables, including new potatoes, can be frozen to be used in later meals.

Fill your freezer with the last of your Christmas cake, pudding and mince pies. You’ll thank yourself when you are enjoying a Christmas sweet treat in Autumn.

Too many berries or cherries? Free flow freeze them on a tray, then bag them. The texture will be soft once thawed, but they will still be great for topping a pav with.

There are a couple of things to remember when it comes to freezing. Freezers work like a giant pause button, so the fresher food is when it goes into the freezer, the fresher it will be when it comes out.

Always wrap the food well and label it clearly so you know exactly what it is a few months down the track.

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