Reduced waste to landfill

 

Reducing food waste

An area of focus in the evolution of the Framework is to increase the coverage of manufacturers reporting waste data. We also intend to engage with the DMSC members to better understand the challenges they face in improving data collection and the different use of boundaries related to waste generated per unit of milk processed. For example, the Framework target is currently only focused on a reduction of waste to landfill, which means that other activities around waste reuse e.g. cardboard packaging or other recycling, are not captured in this report for sites that only do secondary processing. 

Another key area of interest and concern for our stakeholders that is not currently captured in the Framework is food waste. The increased generation of food waste is a global and national problem. It has several facets, all of which can benefit from a clear understanding of the size and nature of food waste generated across all phases of the food production and consumption cycle.

Of most concern to many stakeholders is the impact food waste has on the generation of GHG such as methane and carbon dioxide; the economic and environmental viability of existing food waste disposal systems; and the opportunity for food waste to provide a resource input to agriculture.

The dairy industry is responding to interest and concern from stakeholders about food waste. It is exploring opportunities to further understand the nature of food waste across the food supply chain in Australia and understand the role the industry can play to measure, manage and reduce food waste.