Recycle smart

What are some easy ways to reduce food waste?

The majority of food waste in our household is avoidable

This is food that is thrown out that could have been eaten.

This includes excess leftovers, food that is past its ‘use by’ or ‘best before’ date, or food that has gone off or mouldy.

This also includes a lot of foods which many people throw away which are actually full of nutrients and can be a great ingredient in a delicious meal– such as broccoli stalks and some vegetable peels and leaves.

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However some food waste is unavoidable.

This is food that is thrown out that could not have been eaten. This includes foods such as egg shells, bones, fruit and vegetable pips and stones, tea bags and coffee grounds.

Even though these foods aren’t edible for us, they can be delicious food for worms and great added into a compost bin.

Some easy ways to reduce unavoidable food waste include composting, worm farming and keeping chickens.

The Food Know How program is primarily focused on increasing our members skills to do all they can to reduce their avoidable food waste.

However we will also support you in finding the best solutions to managing your unavoidable food waste at the same time.

There are a variety of ways you can turn this unavoidable food waste back into a great resource for your garden and avoid it going to landfill.

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Which food waste recycling system suits you?

Composting? Worm Farming? Chickens? It is important to consider a number of factors before you decide which food waste system is right for your household.

We’re here to provide you with help and assistance so feel free to contact us or come along to one of our free workshops.


Composting your unavoidable food waste doesn’t have to be smelly, dirty or attract unwanted critters. If properly managed, a compost pile or worm farm can become a valuable source of plant food for your garden and a great way to save money.

With the help of our team you’ll soon learn that composting can be fun and easy to fit into your day-to-day routine. It can also be incredibly rewarding to work with nature to produce the “black gold” that all gardeners love so much!

Don't have a compost bin? You can purchase one from Yarra City Council

Videos to help get you started

Watch our series of short videos (approximately 2 mins each) on the secrets of turning your unavoidable food waste into food for the garden.

These videos are designed to help you understand the benefits of composting and the simple steps involved in starting and maintaining a compost bin or worm farm.

What's the deal with Composting

Maintaining a Compost

What's the deal with worm farming?