on average NSW households throw away of good food every year.

$10 billion dollars

worth of good food is thrown away in NSW each year

Food Smart

will help you to reduce waste and save money.


We are working with our community to fight food waste with the Love Food Hate Waste Food Smart program. Join thousands of others in the free Food Smart program: save money, eat healthier, get free recipe and meal plan ideas and food storage tips.


Register to Join our Food Smart program

Food Smart is a free education program that helps you reduce food waste at home, save money and help the environment.

Food Smart involves:


Welcome email with a quick survey


Once you’ve completed the survey, collect your Food Smart kit from one of our pop up events or from your local participating Council Customer Service Office.


Each week you will receive hints, tips, recipes + meal plan ideas to help your household save money and food from being wasted.


Congratulations, tell us about your new Food Smart skills in a quick final survey.

Come see us in action at one of our free pop up events.

  • Creative lunchbox cooking demonstrations with Chef Danie
    Burringbar Public School Fair  – 150th anniversary
    26 October 2pm – 5pm
  • Entertaining Food Smart style with Chef Daniel Lange
    Cow Town Chow Down: Casino
    9th November 10am – midday
    Thursday 5 December – from 6pm – 9pm
    Walker and Barker streets, Casino

* You must have signed up to the Food Smart program prior to attending our Food Smart workshop.


Love Food Hate Waste Vlog

Recipes and other leftover food hacks

Leftover Rice

Mason Muesli Bars

Storage Hacks

NE Waste is proud to be a Love Food Community.

Our partnership with key organisations across the region are hugely valued. We are proud to have the following partnerships in this project:


Woolworths Supermarkets, Metcash IGA, Northern Rivers Food, NSW Health (Northern Rivers Area Health Service), NSW Chamber of Commerce, Consortium of Neighbourhood Centres (Northern Rivers Food Recovery Project), Sustain Food group.


If you’d also like to join our partnership program, please contact

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