Whitehorse City Council

Love Food Hate Waste

About 44% of the average Whitehorse rubbish bin is food waste - much of this food waste is avoidable.  By making the most of the food you have in, and shopping a little smarter Victorian households could save time, food and money.  Here’s how…

Menu and Food Shopping Planning

One of the more common ways people waste food is by buying more than you need as part of your regular food shopping trips.  A weekly menu plan and using a shopping list is one way to help avoid this.

For tips on menu planning and developing a shopping list you can download pdf icon Shopping Cheat Sheet (470.96kB) as well as a helpful pdf icon Menu Planner and Shopping List (200.20kB).

To learn more about smart food shopping you can also watch this short video below:


The correct storage of food in your pantry, fridge and freezer helps to stop food from spoiling before you get the chance to use it.

For tips on food storage you can download the following information sheets:

To learn more about storage you can also watch this short video below:

Using Leftovers

Finally, managing the portion sizes you serve up, planning ‘leftovers’ meals  and learning to create new meals out of leftover ingredients are all great ways to help avoid food waste.  You can learn more about leftover cooking by visiting the Love Your Leftovers page



Winning Low Waste Recipe Book

This book has been produced as a result of collaboration between Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI), Sustainability Victoria and Council.  These recipes are low waste recipes submitted by DUELI students who competed in the cooking competition “Quest for DUELI’s best low-waste chef.”  This project was supported a Love Food Hate Waste grant from Sustainability Victoria as well as funding from DUELI and Council.


Hard copies of recipe books, cheat sheets, storage guides, and menu planners are available by contacting Helen Kerley on 9262 6157.  If you would like to learn more about how to reduce avoidable food waste visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.vic.gov.au or www.foodwise.com.au.