Love Food Hate Waste

Kiwi households throw away 86kgs of edible food each year, at a cost to the average household of $644.

Collectively, we throw away enough food every year to feed everyone in Dunedin for just under three years.

That's 157,398 tonnes of food going to landfill and generating greenhouse gases - every year. 

In the Coromandel, a 2021 audit of our blue Council rubbish bags put out for Kerbside collection showed that about 52 per cent of the contents of each bag is food waste that could be composted instead of going to landfill. Find out more on our Bin the Bad Habits web page, including tips on how to cut down on your food waste.

Solid Waste rainbow bag

We're proud to be part of the national Love Food Hate Waste NZ campaign which aims to reduce food waste, by inspiring and enabling people to waste less food. 

For practical tips on how to reduce your own food waste and save money visit

Great recipes and food waste reduction tips from local cafe owners

Three Coromandel cafe owners have provided us with tasty recipes plus their top tips for cutting down on food waste that goes to landfill. Check them out, they won't disappoint:

Julie McMillan, Waiomu Beach Cafe: Farmhouse Pie

Luke Reilly, Luke's Kitchen, Kuaotunu: Luke’s Kitchen Pickle

Rebecca Murray, Blue Ginger Cafe, Whitianga: Blue Ginger Pork and Fennel Dumplings