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 What happens to food waste in landfill?  

 

5.3 
million tonnes 
of food that is intended for human consumption is thrown away.

 

7.6 
million tonnes 
of carbon dioxide will be generated from food waste disposed in landfill over the life of its decay.

 

2.2 
million tonnes
of food is lost from commercial and industrial sectors, resulting in significant waste disposal charges and lost product costs to business.

 

 

25%
of all vegetables produced don’t leave the farm.
31%
of carrots that don’t leave the farm equate to a cost of $60 million.

 

Source: National Food Waste: Halving Australia's Food Waste by 2030, Commonwealth of Australia 2017

 

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When food scraps are sent to landfill, they decompose without oxygen to produce methane, a greenhouse gas with over 20 times the global warming capacity of carbon dioxide.

 

 

Posted 28 August 2018