The National Retail Association (NRA) is committed to a sustainable future through representing retailers nationally to make sustainable choices, reduce shrinkage, and limit their carbon footprint. We are the only foundation partners in the retail industry working with the newly formed Stop Food Waste Australia with the vision to halve the amount of food waste by 2030.
Stop Food Waste Australia was unveiled last year by the Morrison Government who announced a new $4 million body with the sole focus of reducing the nation’s food waste – a crucial step in its mission to halve the millions of tonnes of food that ends up in landfill every year – by 2030.
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the newly formed Stop Food Waste Australia, will bring together the brightest minds in supply chain management, food waste NGOs and all tiers of government to tackle the problem.
“Australians have focused on recycling for years, but very few of us think about the amount of food that we waste every week,” Minister Ley said.
“To put it in perspective, every year, we throw away more than 7.3 million tonnes of food at a cost to the economy of more than $20 billion and on average, households are throwing away up to $3800 of food a year.
“Stop Food Waste Australia will work with industry to create real, practical changes that help everyday Australians reduce their food waste like adding clearer instructions on packaging for storage or creating consistent package design with easier to find use by or packed by dates.”
CEO of Stop Food Waste Australia, Dr Steven Lapidge said the partnership has the experience to drive real change.
“We’ve got a passionate and committed group of Australian food industry leaders around the table,” he said.
“Between all our Stop Food Waste Australia partners, we work across the entire food supply chain and that is exactly what is needed to tackle the system-wide problem of food waste here in Australia.”
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On the 28th of April, on the annual Stop Food Waste Day, more than 25 amazing speakers will participate in a virtual discussion about the food waste crisis and sharing practical ways in which we can all play our part to reduce our waste. This event is free to register, and aims to drive awareness about food wastage and sustainability practices.
You can find out more information or register here.