The Food Lovers' Republic

The Food Lovers' Republic is a pilot program co-ordinated by Hornsby Shire Council and Willoughby City Council in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA).  

The pilot program has been made possible thanks to a grant provided by the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Love Food Hate Waste program. 

Why avoid food waste?

The average red lid garbage bin in the Willoughby and Hornsby areas consists of about 45% organic waste, most of this is food waste. When this decomposes in landfill it produces methane - a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide.

Wasting food means that we are wasting the water, energy and natural resources used to grow, package and transport that food. Throwing out food also costs us money.

The average NSW household throws away over $1000 of food every year including: fruit and vegetables, leftovers, takeaways, packaged and long-life products, drinks and frozen food.

The Food Lovers' Republic hopes to help people save money and time, in addition to avoiding food waste in NSW.

Why do we waste?

Food waste is one of the most wasteful forms of consumption in Australia. Research shows we commonly waste food in our homes because:

  • we're not planning our meals as much as we could
  • we don't check the cupboard or fridge before going shopping
  • we buy too much because we don't stick to a shopping list
  • we cook too much food
  • food spoils before we use it
  • we forget about leftovers in the fridge or freezer
  • we don't know how to use leftovers

Other reasons we waste food are family members changing plans, not following the recipe correctly, and buying takeaways at the last minute.

What else can I do?

You can visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for even more information and tips.

The participating Councils also provide residents with an understanding of composting and worm farming though their engagement in the Compost Revolution.

Setting up a compost bin or worm farm will help you create free, natural fertilizer from your unavoidable food scraps such tea bags and vegetable peelings.

Home composting and worm farming are easy, fun and important ways of reducing the volume of waste going to landfill, cutting down on greenhouse gases and returning nutrients back into the soil. By increasing the number of households that compost in our area we can reduce our ecological footprint and improve our local environment and community.

About the masterclass, quiz & prizes

Who can take a masterclass?

Anyone can take the masterclass but only residents of Hornsby Shire Council, Willoughby City Council and City of Botany Bay Council are eligible to receive the free prize and enter the draw to win other prizes.

What is the masterclass about?

Our 15 minute masterclass is designed to give you a basic understanding of how you can reduce the amount of good food you throw away at home.

Can more than one person in my household do the masterclass?

Multiple people in a household can do the masterclass and quiz multiple times, however only one person in a household can register to receive a prize and enter the draw.

I already know how to avoid food waste – do I need to do the masterclass?

You don't need to do the masterclass, but we think it’s pretty handy. You do need to successfully complete the quiz to register for your free prize and to enter the draw. The quiz is very short and you can do it at your own pace.

What if I fail the quiz?

You can attempt the quiz as many times as you need to in order to get the answers correct. You can also re-visit the masterclass to find the answers.

How will I get my free prize?

Upon successfully completing a quiz, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to claim your free prize.

How to I enter the draw for the Box Appetit Lunchbox or OzHarvest Cookbook?

If you are a resident of Hornsby Shire Council or Willoughby City Council then you will need to:

a) successfully completed the quiz

b) register for your prize

You will then receive an email asking you to complete a short survey describing your food habits. Upon completion and return of the survey you will be entered into the draw to win a Box Appetit Lunchbox or OzHarvest Cookbook worth $50.

How can I learn more about avoiding food waste?

The Love Food Hate Waste portion calculator can help you re-calculate recipes so you are only buying the quantity of ingredients you need for the number of people you’re cooking for.

Love Food Hate Waste also tells you what an average ’serving size’ is so you know how much food to cook.

The Love Food Hate Waste website also has lots of great recipes you can use.

Is this part of the Compost Revolution?

The Food Lovers' Republic is a sister program to the Compost Revolution. The website has been designed by Digital Eskimo and Revolution Apps; the same organisation that designed and created the website for the Compost Revolution.

Build your own Republic!

The Food Lovers' Republic is now available across NSW and your council can participate. It's easy to set up your own Republic. All you need to do is contact us at Revolution Apps and we'll guide you through the process.

Plans and Pricing

$2,390 + GST / year

What's included:

Your own customisable Food Lovers' Republic website at a unique web address: 

  • Highly engaging tutorials designed by council experts and our instructional designers
  • 1 council staff login included
  • Business hours e-mail support
  • 1 hour training and setup upon commencement (extra training available at $200/hr)
  • Access to a free shared resource zone with marketing materials and much more.

* All prices ex GST.

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