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I have a confession to make: a couple of weeks ago I threw out a steak.

It had sat at the back of the fridge, raw and forgotten, for far too long. And while I have been known to dance around best before dates at times, this one absolutely looked like it came with a guaranteed side of food poisoning.

Now I know in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t really a huge crime. But consider this: it takes around 10,000 litres of water to produce one steak, so by throwing one away, you’re wasting 10,000 litres of water.

And that’s before you even start to consider all of the other resources that went into getting it from the farm to my plate.

And I’m far from alone. Canberra households are the largest contributors to food waste in our landfill. Around 143,000 tonnes of organic waste ends up in ACT landfill each year, which accounts for almost half of all waste in landfill. It’s quite a sobering statistic.

To help turn things around, the ACT Government has launched a three-week online challenge, as part of their Love Food Hate Waste campaign, which is all about educating Canberrans on ways to reduce food waste, and helping people save money on their food bills.

As if helping the planet and saving money aren’t motivation enough, the first 1,000 people to complete the challenge will score themselves a $30 IKEA voucher.

“When we waste food, we are wasting all the energy, water and resources that went into producing that food and getting it to our plates, which is why reducing food waste is one of the easiest things an individual can do help live more sustainably and take climate action,” says Chris Steel, Minister for Transport and City Services.

“By reducing the food thrown away, Canberra households could save thousands of dollars off their food bills every year.”

When you sign up to the challenge, you’ll receive one email per week for three weeks, each jam-packed with tips to help you cut food waste and save money. From making besties with your shopping list, to creating meal plans, storing food well, and using up leftovers, it’s all simple, actionable things that we all really should be doing, but sometimes fall to the wayside.

“If people adopt some of these actions they will notice a reduction in the amount of food being wasted,” says Minister Steel.

Of course, there’s still some food waste that ends up going in the bin, like eggshells or banana peels, and if you don’t have access to a composting option, this is something the ACT Government will tackle shortly.

The first 1000 people to participate in the Food Waste Challenge and complete the short survey at the end will earn themselves a $30 IKEA voucher (you have to be an ACT resident to be eligible) so get cracking and head to to sign up now.


 What: The Food Waste Challenge, part of the ACT Government’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
When: Open now.
Website: Go to to sign up for the challenge.


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