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.

Join the Food Smart program and win a Freezer!

We are excited to announce another Freezer Competition!

Sign up to Food Smart, fill out the pre and post survey and you will go in the draw to win a 254L upright freezer! Your days of icecavating will be so much more organised with this new freezer.

View freezer model and specs

Icecavating: digging through your freezer to find forgotten frozen identifiable things, and using them up!


Entries extended until 3rd December 2021.

* To be eligible:

  • one entry per household
  • must sign up and complete the Food Smart program (including the short surveys)
  • your place of primary residence must be located within our member Council areas of Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Lismore City, RIchmond Valley, Kyogle and Tweed Shire.
  • approve NE Waste and/or our member Council contacting you for the purposes of Food Smart and the prize giveaway.

The freezer is a Hisense 173L upright freezer model no. HRVF254 dimensions: 595 Width (mm) x 1746 Height (mm)


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.

Fight Food Waste this festive season and win a Freezer!

The Love Food Hate Waste team at NE Waste are dedicating December as Food Smart month! Sign up to Food Smart, attend one of the workshops below, and tell us via Facebook or Insta your favourite way of fighting food waste and you will go in the draw to win an upright Freezer worth over $700!

Online Workshops

Love Food Hate Waste Vlog

Recipes and other leftover food hacks

Leftover Rice

Mason Muesli Bars

Storage Hacks

Freezer Hacks

Getting Creative With Leftovers :: Croutons

Getting Creative With Leftovers :: Cauliflower and Leek Soup

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

Contact Us

This is a Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the Waste Levy.