25-26 Nov 2020
ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour

Food Waste Stage

The Food Waste Stage was a new addition to AWRE in 2019 and facilitated discussion and a focus on the national issue that is food waste. From sustainable package solutions, updates on the national food waste strategy to presentations from true food waste warriors – AWRE 2019 shone a spotlight on food waste in driving conversation on food sustainability.

30/10/2019 - 31/10/2019
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Free event

Wednesday 30 October

To open the 2019 Food Waste Stage at AWRE, Dr Steven Lapidge aims to surprise you with the opportunity that food waste presents at the local, national and global scales. This includes the lost economic and social opportunities as well as the significant environmental damage being done."

The Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre is Australia’s industry-led R&D program that is creating opportunities to REDUCE food waste, to TRANSFORM unavoidable waste into valuable products and to ENGAGE businesses and consumers to tackle this solvable problem

One-third of the world’s food goes uneaten each year, causing significant social, economic and environmental impacts, and here in Australia that amount is 7.3 million tonnes per annum. This panel has been brought together to put this globally significant issue in the spotlight and not only explain just how important it is that we REDUCE, TRANSFORM and ENGAGE on this globally significant issue, but also some of the practical ways the waste and recycling industry can drive the necessary changes.

4.1 million tonnes of food goes to waste every year in Australia in the commercial food sector. Food waste veteran, Katy Barfield will walk through how innovative technology is tackling the growing issue of food waste and how Yume, the first Australian online marketplace for surplus food, is offering a unique and safe service to over 350 top Australian food manufacturers by finding new channels to market that generate a triple bottom line benefit.

Whilst the primary functions of packaging are to contain and protect the content, as well as providing information about the product, the role of packaging in reducing food waste needs to be better understood by food producers, manufacturers, brand owners, retailers and consumers. The connection between packaging design and food waste needs to be discussed more openly in the industry. From field to fork there are several possibilities for food loss and waste to occur. It has been approximated that up to 30% of the edible food produced, does not reach the fork. Packaging’s role in reducing food waste is the next big challenge for Packaging Technologists, Designers and Engineers.

This session, hosted by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), will have speakers from FIAL, the Fight Food Waste CRC, AIP and Sealed Air and will discuss in an interactive session Food Waste in Australia, the National Food Waste Strategy, the Fight Food Waste CRC, the Save Food Packaging criteria and guidelines and showcase best practice save food packaging design.

Coles had a target to halve food waste by 2020 which it met a year early. Fresh food, packaging, access to options to divert food waste, behaviour, allergens and animal products... all vexations in dealing with food waste. Vikas Ahuja, Coles Head of Energy & Sustainability asks questions to challenge perceptions about food waste.

Thursday 31 October

Hear from Ronni about OzHarvest’s work across the country, and the action needed from Government and industry to halve food waste by 2030.Driven by a determination to find purpose in her life, Ronni Kahn began rescuing good food and delivering it to people in need. In 2004 OzHarvest was born and is now recognised as Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. OzHarvest’s purpose is to Nourish Our Country and it delivers this through four pillars: food rescue, educate, engage and innovate.

The food services sector plays a vital role in the Australian economy, however it is also one of the highest consumers of problematic and unnecessary packaging, including single-use plastic."

To assist the food services sector in addressing challenges and opportunities, APCO in collaboration with the food services sector, have brought together industry, government, and community stakeholders to develop a coordinated, evidenced based approach to reducing the impact of food service packaging throughout the supply chain. The result of this collaboration has seen the development of sector-specific Food Services Packaging Guidelines, case studies and collaborative initiatives.

APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly will lead a discussion that addresses the challenges of increasing the uptake of more sustainable packaging in the food services sector, collaboration initiatives and the implementation of the new guideline

NSW has committed to the national and international goal to halve food waste by 2030. This presentation will outline the potential and challenges ahead in achieving the target, drawing on data, findings and lessons from delivery of the $105 million Organics Infrastructure Fund under Waste Less, Recycle More over seven years. From avoidance education to new processing facilities and markets for compost, the program has transformed the landscape for food waste recovery in NSW and helped to identify pathways ahead to meet the 2030 goal.

In Australia, over 5 million tonnes of food waste currently goes to landfill. Organic matter is vital for good soil health and adding quality compost derived from materials such as Food Waste helps has many benefits. Building healthy soils with compost provides nutrients, increases moisture retention, decreases likelihood of erosion, regulates soil temperature and provides capacity to store carbon.

Come along to learn more and hear from expert panel speakers as they discuss key initiatives and opportunities driving long term solutions.

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