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Researchers Take a Deep Dive into Bin Behaviour

Rubbish Bin for Street Collection taken on Phillip Island in Australia

South Australian researchers will be diving into household bins in a bid to understand food waste behaviour.

Audits have found that around 87 percent of food waste in councils serviced by East Waste (including the Adelaide Hills) goes into the landfill bin instead of the composting (green) bin, at a significant cost to households, the environment and to council.

Australian households spend up to $3,800 a year to buy food that is not eaten – at an annual cost of $10 billion nationally. 

A study by the University of Adelaide this year will involve thousands of surveys and face-to-face interviews as well as a deep dive into household bins in the City of Burnside.

Researchers will audit the contents of 200 sets of green, red and yellow bins randomly selected from households. 

Results will be used to develop more impactful programs to change behaviour in households.

The WWW (What, Where and Why) of Household Food Waste Behaviour research study is a collaboration between the University of Adelaide, the national Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), the State Government’s Green Industries SA (through the Council Modernisation Program) and East Waste. 

Photo of bins, supplied by the University of Adelaide