Industry experts and politicians claim that Australians are still throwing away too many unused vegetables. About 32 percent of people are binning fresh vegetables at least once a week, even though more than half are buying fewer items. Australians aged 18 to 35 are the biggest offenders, with nearly half saying they throw out vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, and carrots each week.
People in the over-55 age group are more likely to use up their fresh vegetables, with only 17 percent needing to bin unused produce at the end of the week. Cost-of-living pressures are also changing the way people shop, with a quarter saying they are buying more frozen foods.
About 70 percent are doing so to save money, while 41 percent say they are trying to reduce their household food waste. Still, more than 7.6 million tons of food ends up in landfills each year, with Australia Institute research showing retailers are making $1.2 billion from selling produce that ends up as waste.