After the tables are cleared at corporate events, a mountain of leftover food remains. But the tide is turning, thanks to these waste warriors.
Imagine a mountain rising from the depths of Sydney Harbour, dwarfing the Opera House and towering over the Harbour Bridge.
That’s what the $20 billion of annually wasted food in Australia would look like if dumped into the city’s famous postcard view.
The shocking image was brought to life by Australia’s leading food rescue organisation – OzHarvest – as the latest salvation in its 14-year battle to reduce this country’s five million tonnes of unused food sent to landfill each year.
With the national target to halve food waste by 2030 in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the message has renewed urgency.
Across the country daily, OzHarvest’s distinctive yellow and black vans collect quality excess food from commercial outlets and deliver it directly to more than 1,000 charities supporting people in need. The 100 tonnes of rescued food each week come from over 3,000 food donors including, corporate events and boardrooms.