This adds up to a staggering $872 million for the whole country. It also results in 122,000 tonnes of edible food going to landfill and generating greenhouse gases.
Council is proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to turn this around, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food.
For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz
Note: Groups working to minimise food waste in New Zealand include: