"To reduce the total waste generated within our operational control, and to work with retailers and consumers to reduce food waste across the supply chain."

Sending less waste to landfill is a key challenge which is being addressed by the industry Sustainability Commitment through initiatives developed to avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle and recover resources where possible. Less waste also means improved efficiency, especially in a competitive market.

Food waste is a significant, but poorly understood issue in Australia. Uneaten food worth $5 billion is thrown out each year by Australian households, the equivalent of one out of every five purchased grocery bags or 20 per cent of purchased food1. This has significant financial and environmental impacts, such as the release of greenhouse gas emissions from food waste sent to landfill.

Reducing food waste at the production and consumer level will be integral to feeding a growing population and efficiently using our limited resources.


The industry target is to reduce waste sent to landfill by 40 per cent to 3.83 kilogram per tonne of production by 2020.

Industry Performance

The industry has reduced waste sent to landfill by 3.6 per cent from 6.39 kg per tonne of production in 2010-11 to 6.16 kg per tonne of production in 2011-12. This was achieved with over 100 waste reduction initiatives implemented within operational control of the survey respondents and along the supply chains. 

Some of the waste minimisation initiatives reported included:

  • Implementation of pressure-less conveyor to reduce bottle breakages;
  • Introducing collection of metal for recycling;
  • Re-using cartons and pallets,
  • Implementation of more efficient and
  • user friendly in-house waste collection and segregation.

Survey respondents together recycled more than 2,065 kilo tonnes of waste which was equivalent to just around 8 per cent of the Australia’s recycled waste in 2010-11 .    In addition, the respondents sent: 

  • 6,321 tonnes of organic waste to landfill;
  • 173,079 tonnes of waste to be used as stock feed; and
  • 16,458 tonnes of waste to be used as energy.


Case Studies

2012-13 Waste Case Studies


1 The Australian Institute, 2009, What a waste - An analysis of household expenditure on food