Waste not, want not in city

GREEN: Rachel McConville and mayor Barry Lyons. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

GREEN: Rachel McConville and mayor Barry Lyons. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

A SERIES of workshops will help combat the region's household waste output, and reduce the 180 kilograms of food per household which is sent to landfill every year.

The workshops, run by the City of Greater Bendigo and the Calder Regional Waste Management Group, will help residents stop wasting food and boost their family budget.

Waste services manager Simon Clay said Victorian householders spend more than $2000 a year on food they didn't eat - which is going straight into the bin.

“(There) is an enormous amount of waste and the council is keen to raise awareness of the amount of food residents waste and the impact it’s having on our environment and their household budgets," he said. 

Waste group education officer Rachel McConville will facilitate a series of eight workshops throughout July across Greater Bendigo to encourage people to talk about their food smart behaviours and share ideas on how to reduce the amount of food waste going in the bin.

“The workshops provide simple information about buying, cooking, storing and disposing of food that will help reduce the amount being wasted," she said. 

The workshop launch will be held at the Bendigo Community Farmers Market between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Saturday July 12.

For further information call 0419 106 461.  

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