Council teams up with Laura Geitz for waste challenge

Brisbane City Council has recruited two-time world champion netballer Laura Geitz to take part in a six-week Food Waste Challenge that will guide Brisbane households on how to reduce waste and save up to $3800 a year on grocery bills.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the challenge, which was part of the International Love Food, Hate Waste movement, encouraged residents to reduce their family’s food waste.

“Residents threw away more than 78,000 tonnes of food in the past financial year, which equals one in every five bags of food we buy ending up in the bin,” Cr Quirk said.

“Council’s collaboration with the the former Captain of the Queensland Firebirds and Australian Diamonds will give residents video guides throughout the six week challenge which will include topics like planning and shopping more efficiently and learning to love your leftovers.

“Residents can register and complete their own food waste challenge, while following Laura’s journey of how she reduces her own family’s waste.

“The challenge can be completed at resident’s own pace, with a step-by-step guide and free planning and cooking resources also available on Council’s website.”

 Cr Quirk said last year’s inaugural launch of the program had more than 3500 participants and called on residents to commit again to this year’s challenge.

“Some simple positive changes to every day decisions about food waste can have a big impact on our city’s sustainability,” he said.

“I encourage residents to get behind this year’s challenge and play their part in reducing the amount of food their household throws away, while also making Brisbane a cleaner, greener city with less landfill.

“The top 10 food items purchased and wasted as identified in the annual waste characterisation survey undertaken by Council were bread, bananas, broccoli, oranges, apples, pumpkin, onions, potatoes, carrots and poultry.

“Residents could save between $2200 and $3800 each year according to the National Food Waste Strategy just by planning and shopping more carefully.

“Food waste has both economic and environmental impacts as every time we waste food, we are also wasting the resources used to get it to our plates.

“Food waste has become a hot topic in recent years and Council will continue working with the community to help them make small, every day decisions about their food waste that will have a big impact on our city’s sustainability.”