Food Waste



When organic material is buried in landfill it breaks down in a way that generates methane, a greenhouse gas which is harmful to the environment.

"Food waste is a $1.8 billion problem in New Zealand - around an eighth of what Kiwis buy each week being thrown away ... In terms of scale, New Zealand's 1.4 million families waste more than the country's 20,000 cafes and restaurants and 300 supermarkets combined." (Read the full Otago Daily Times article.)


This includes kitchen waste, vegetable peelings, leftovers, scraps, rotten and spoiled food.

A Wikipedia article on food waste in New Zealand reports: The average New Zealand household in 2018 wasted $644 worth of food per annum,  approximately 86 kilos. The top ten foods wasted by volume order were 1. Bread 2. Left overs 3. Oranges and Mandarins 4. Apples 5. Bananas 6. Potatoes 7. Poultry 8. Rice 9. Lettuces 10. Beef.

Love Food Hate Waste has great information and resources. Ask the Waste Adviser at the Whanganui District Council which is fully supportive of this initiative and has these resources available for community use.


You can reduce your food waste by planning your meals, only purchasing what you need, saving leftovers for future meals and using perishable ingredients before they spoil. 


Turn your food waste into compost!

Subscribe to Easy Earth composting pickup service. 

Econation has a comprehensive beginner’s guide to different sizes and styles of composting system. Choose a composting solution to suit the scale of your food waste:

  • Large - make a compost system in your backyard
  • Medium - buy a wormfarm
  • Small - buy or make a benchtop composting system



Easy Earth, a local business which runs a hot rot composting system, offers a home and business collection service. It has a bucket swap-zone set up at the Crazy Pumpkin on Taupo Quay, and at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre.


If you don't have a composting system yourself, ask friends and neighbours if they would like your food waste to add to theirs.