Food and garden waste

Food waste

A lot of what we throw in the bin doesn’t belong there. We opened up Waipā rubbish bags and found 26% of our rubbish was food waste. That’s 2.4kg a week for every house in the district!

Easy Choice Family Kai


A Love Food Hate Waste initiative, Easy Choice Family Kai helps families shop for and eat nourishing affordable food. The cookbook provides plans for five dinner meals with a budget of $60​ for a family of six (two adults and four children under ten) or four adults. There's also tips to help you reduce food waste while cooking and preparing dinner.  

Download the cookbook

This book provides four weeks of easy and nourishing dinner recipes, with shopping lists.
Download:  Easy Choice Family Kai - hōtoke/winter recipes [PDF, 19MB, 48 pages]

Want a hard copy? Fill out this form​ to request a printed version and we'll post it out to you free of charge.

Things you can do at home

Worm farming and composting is nature's way of recycling. We call it recharging the soil. These are great ways to deal with your food and garden waste at home and create rich compost to improve your garden.​

Benefits of composting and worm farming:

  • Quick and easy to deal with your food and garden waste
  • Lightens your rubbish bag - money saver
  • Creates natural fertiliser for free
  • Stops methane gas production by taking out your food from landfill

Download:  How To Worm Farm pamphlet [PDF, 7.5MB, 2 pages]

Download:  Composting pamphlet [PDF, 1.5MB, 6 pages]

Composting in action

Tori and her family live in Cambridge. After their son was born, they became conscious of how much of their household waste was going to landfill. As well as other sustainable practices, they've built a DIY compost bin, kept healthy with a mix of green and brown materials.

Love Food Hate Waste

Food waste is a massive problem in New Zealand, and it's no different in our district. Every year New Zealand homes throw away 122,547 tonnes of food - this is enough to feed the whole of Dunedin for two years! Wasting this food costs the average household $563 a year. 

Waipa District Council supports the Love Food Hate Waste programme which provides lots of handy tips and recipes to help you reduce your food waste and save money.

Page reviewed: 11 Jul 2018 8:59am