Why is organic waste management important?
DO SOMETHING! is a non-profit organisation that runs the Foodwise Campaign and this campaign showcases just how important organic waste management is and what effects it has on us. (Foodwise, 2016)
Through the Foodwise Campaign website and AGL Energy Website, a few sustainable restaurants were introduced and they were named as such because of of the way they deal with not only food but other products such as furniture (e.g. chairs and tables) and energy consumption (solar panels). The 2 most frequently mentioned and top rated restaurants would be ‘Love.Fish’ and ‘Three Blue Ducks’ as they both are very much committed to and aware of the idea of organic waste management.
Love.Fish, prides themselves for their environmentally friendly philosophy as they provide not only biodegradable takeaway containers but also pays Earth Power (a company who transform organic waste into high-powered compost and fertilisers) to collect their food scraps. The best part about Love.Fish is that they stick to the notion of ‘sustainable seafood’ which not many are able to follow, using line-caught fish where possible and also farmed fish from land-based facilities. (Foodwise, 2016)
Blue Ducks integrates local community produce into their menus, not only that but they also include a rooftop solar power system for
the energy supply. Much like Love.Fish, this restaurant uses biodegradable materials and also they separate their food waste to provide it to the local community gardens (supporting the ‘Grow It Local’ initiative). (AGL Energy, 2016)
In the first half of 2015, Woolworths was moving towards a zero food waste to landfill policy which they wished to accomplish by the end of the year. This notion was a collaboration between Woolworths and several charities around Australia who provided food for the poor/homeless, and whatever was leftover were pushed to be used as fertilizers or animal feed. (O’Donoghue, 2015)
One of the greater achievements by Woolworths would be their ’Odd Bunch’ produce line. In the past, crops that were a little less appealing usually led to them being discarded and thrown out as waste by supermarkets due to the crops less likeliness of being purchased. However, the Odd Bunch produce line cleverly eliminates this problem by providing a discounted price which entices many customers and minimises the waste produced drastically.
In the second half of 2015, it was revealed that Woolworths failed to hit the mark to eliminate food waste sent to landfill (Han, 2015), however I believe that ‘this story’s not about eliminating it, it’s about minimizing it.’ (Dawson, 2010) Woolworths successfully reduced the total waste to landfill by 25% and increase the divergence of food waste to landfill by 815%.
AGL Energy. 2016, Sydney’s Top Sustainable Eats, viewed 14 June 2016,<https://aglsolar.com.au/blog/sydneys-top-sustainable-eats/>
Dawson A.P. 2010, A Vision for Sustainable Restaurants, video podcast, TED, TEDGLobal 2010, viewed 14 June 2016,<https://www.ted.com/talks/arthur_potts_dawson_a_vision_for_sustainable_restaurants/transcript?language=en#t-181180>
Foodwise. 2016, Fast Facts on Food Waste, viewed 14 June 2016, <http://www.foodwise.com.au/foodwaste/food-waste-fast-facts/>
Foodwise. 2016, Dish the Fish, viewed 14 June 2016,
Han, E. 2015, ‘Woolworths misses food waste target but sets new goal with OzHarvest partnership’, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 September, viewed 14 June 2016, <http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/woolworths-misses-food-waste-target-but-sets-new-goal-with-ozharvest-partnership-20150921-gjr7k7.html>
O’Donoghue, J. 2015, ‘Woolworths moves towards zero food waste’, Food Magazine, 28 May, viewed 14 June 2016,