Get on board
Thanks to Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program, a bright yellow tram emblazoned with commonly wasted food and our Use It Up tape will be seen by thousands of Melbourne commuters every day between May and August. With the average household throwing away up to $2,500 worth of food each year, this is an opportunity for everyone to get on board to fight food waste!
Tips from our Use It Up Ambassadors
I have written more than 3000 zero-waste recipes…you could say I’m obsessed. Scrub don’t peel veggies, roast your pumpkin pips when you roast the rest, never hull strawberries or peel stuff that goes into a smoothie (all roughage is welcome!) Put all carrot, onion, zucchini ends along with celery leaves in a bag in the freezer ready for making stock.
As a chef, I hate the thought of any food going to waste, as a Dad I know the challenges of managing the household fridge! Spending so much time at home in lockdown means I am generally using up something every day. My Use It Up advice is you don’t always need a recipe, just experiment with your cooking – your family will tell you what works!
Reducing food waste is critical for our future and easy to do at home - I clean the fridge once a week and pick recipes like my Dump and Bake Fried Rice to use up all those leftover bits of veg - plus it helps to have someone like Dozer (my dog) who never passes up a chance to eat it up!
A jazzed up version of bubble and squeak is my go-to recipe as it’s something my Dad always used to cook and you can use up most of what you have in your fridge!
My fridge is usually a disaster zone, which meant I was always buying produce I already had. I’m not proud of how much food I wasted from not knowing what was shoved at the back of the shelves. The Use It Up tape has helped me organise my fridge and now I’m wasting much less – if I can do it, anyone can!
Planning is everything! I regularly do things at home like using salad leaves early in the week while still at their best, or planning to make fried rice the day after having rice as a side with another dish (knowing there will be some leftover).