Fighting food waste: Just Eat It

Everyone loves food, so why does almost half the food we buy end up in the bin? On average, the Boroondara household waste bin contains 46 per cent food waste.

To provoke thinking about waste reduction, we invite you to attend Boroondara’s community film screening of Just Eat It, a multi-award-winning documentary about food waste and food rescue.

Just Eat It explores the universal obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the devastating consequences of these attitudes around the globe.

The film brings farmers, retailers, organisations and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and entertainment for the whole family.

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A session with leading food waste experts.

With limited tickets and lucky door prizes on offer, book early to ensure you don’t miss out!

This screening is being held in support of Council’s new Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside collection service. Read more about the launch of FOGO.


When: Saturday 29 February 2020, 2pm to 4pm
Where: Chandelier Room, Hawthorn Arts Centre
Tickets: $5 each (includes refreshments)

Tips and tricks: food waste avoidance 

Composting is great, but the ultimate goal should be to avoid producing food waste in the first place. Here are our top tips.

Shop smart

Before buying your groceries, consider whether you really need it. Plan your meals, make a shopping list, and stick to it! This helps avoid unnecessary food purchases and resulting waste.

Shop at your local farmers market

Get fresh, seasonal, loose and organic produce, which supports our farmers directly.

Don’t over-serve food

Fight the urge to over-serve family and friends when cooking meals. Use smaller plates to help control portion sizes.

Store food in the right place

Some types of fruit and vegetables prefer to be stored at room temperature, while others last longer in the refrigerator. Take note of how they are stored at the supermarket as a guide on where to keep them at home.

For more tips, see our food waste avoidance page.

The Sustainable Living Festival is back!

This family-friendly festival has something for everyone, with sustainability ideas for your home, work and school.

When: 8am to 12.30pm, Saturday 21 March 2020
Where: Boroondara Farmers Market