In the ACT, roughly one-third of household landfill bins is food. When food waste is disposed of in landfill it contributes to harmful greenhouse gas emissions and this resource is wasted.
A circular economy where households, businesses and industry prioritise food waste avoidance or recovery at its highest market value to be returned to the natural environment.
- Introduce a citywide food organics and garden organics collection service to all Canberra households
- Mandate businesses to separate and recycle organic waste and develop food waste reduction plans, as part of circular economy legislation.
Potential opportunities for the ACT
- Support behaviours that recognise the value of food and extend the life of food products
- Encourage and promote businesses with excess edible food to connect with food relief organisations that can deliver to those who need it
- Support households and businesses to reduce food waste and separate any unavoidable food waste for collection or processing in a safe and appropriate manner.
Learn more about the circular economy in action
Capital Brewing Co, a Canberran brewery, keeps things circular by diverting brewing by-products and food waste from landfill. Find out more by reading the case study.