The Food Lovers' Republic

The Food Lovers' Republic is a pilot program co-ordinated by Hornsby Shire Council and Willoughby City Council in partnership with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).  

The pilot program has been made possible thanks to a grant provided by the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Love Food Hate Waste program. 

Prizes are only available to residents of Hornsby Shire Council or Willoughby City Council at the moment. We hope to involve other Council areas in 2014 if the pilot program is successful.

Why avoid food waste?

The average red lid garbage bin in the Willoughby and Hornsby areas consists of about 45% organic waste, most of this is food waste. When this decomposes in landfill it produces methane - a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide.

Wasting food means that we are wasting the water, energy and natural resources used to grow, package and transport that food. Throwing out food also costs us money.

The average NSW household throws away over $1000 of food every year including: fruit and vegetables, leftovers, takeaways, packaged and long-life products, drinks and frozen food.

The Food Lovers' Republic hopes to help people to save money and time, in addition to avoiding food waste in NSW.

Why do we waste?

Food waste is one of the most wasteful forms of consumption in Australia. Research shows we commonly waste food in our homes because:

  • we're not planning our meals as much as we could
  • we don't check the cupboard or fridge before going shopping
  • we buy too much because we don't stick to a shopping list
  • we cook too much food
  • food spoils before we use it
  • we forget about leftovers in the fridge or freezer
  • we don't know how to use leftovers

Other reasons we waste food are; family members changing plans, not following the recipe correctly, and buying takeaways at the last minute.

What else can I do?

You can visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for even more information and tips.

Find out more about food waste in the Hornsby Council area

Hornsby Shire Council also provides residents with an understanding of composting and worm farming though its engagement in the Compost Revolution.

Setting up a compost bin or worm farm will help you create free, natural fertilizer from your unavoidable food scraps such tea bags and vegetable peelings.

Home composting and worm farming are easy, fun and important ways of reducing the volume of waste going to landfill, cutting down on greenhouse gases and returning nutrients back into the soil. By increasing the number of households that compost in our area we can reduce our ecological footprint and improve our local environment and community.

About the masterclass, quiz & prizes

Who can take a masterclass?

Anyone can take the masterclass but only residents of Hornsby Shire Council and Willoughby City Council are eligible to receive the free prize and enter the draw to win other prizes.

What is the masterclass about?

Our 15 minute masterclass is designed to give you a basic understanding of how you can reduce the amount of good food you throw away at home.

Can more than one person in my household do the masterclass?

Multiple people in a household can do the masterclass and quiz multiple times, however only one person in a household can register to receive a prize and enter the draw to win a Box Appetit Lunchbox or OzHarvest Cookbook, and Vitamix Blender.

I already know how to avoid food waste – do I need to do the masterclass?

You don't need to do the masterclass, but we think it’s pretty handy. You do need to successfully complete the quiz to register for your free prize and to enter the draw to win a Box Appetit Lunchbox or OzHarvest Cookbook, and Vitamix Blender. The quiz is very short and you can do it at your own pace.

What if I fail the quiz?

You can attempt the quiz as many times as you need to in order to get the answers correct. You can also re-visit the masterclass to find the answers.

How will I get my free prize?

Upon successfully completing a quiz, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to claim your free prize.

How to I enter the draw for the Box Appetit Lunchbox or OzHarvest Cookbook, and Vitamix Blender?

After you have successfully completed the quiz and registered for your prize you will then receive an email asking you to complete a short survey (survey 1) describing your food habits. Once you've completed and submitted the survey you will be entered into the draw to win a Box Appetit Lunchbox or OzHarvest Cookbook worth approximately $50.

A second survey (survey 2) will be emailed to you at a later date. Once completed and submitted, you will be entered into the draw to win a Vitamix Blender.



* Full details about the competition dates and Terms and Conditions are available on the Hornsby T&Cs tab at the top of this page.

How can I learn more about avoiding food waste?

The Love Food Hate Waste portion calculator can help you re-calculate recipes so you are only buying the quantity of ingredients you need for the number of people you’re cooking for.

Love Food Hate Waste also tells you what an average ’serving size’ is so you know how much food to cook.

The Love Food Hate Waste website also has lots of great recipes you can use.

Is this part of the Compost Revolution?

The Food Lovers' Republic is a sister program to the Compost Revolution. The website has been designed by Digital Eskimo and Revolution Apps; the same organisation that designed the website for the Compost Revolution.

Find out more

Hornsby Shire Council

Phone: (02) 9847 4856

Email: waste@hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Competition Terms and Conditions

Hornsby Shire Council - Food Lovers' Republic prizes

1.  Information on how to enter and the prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions of entry.  Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

2. The promoter is Hornsby Shire Council,296 Pacific Highway, Hornsby NSW 2077.  ABN: 20 706 996 972.

3. Entry is open to residents of the Hornsby Shire over the age of eighteen.  Employees and their immediate families of the Promoter are not eligible to enter the promotion.

4. Total prize pool of 17 prizes valued at approximately $1800. Total prize pool includes 16 prizes (one of: OzHarvest recipe book or Box Appetit Lunchbox) and 1 prize of a Vitamix Blender.

5. There are two competition components, as follows:

a) Completion of survey 1

This component commences on Monday 10 February 2014 and will conclude 5pm on Friday 8 August 2014.

To enter the competition participants must first successfully complete a quiz at the Food Lovers’ Revolution website between Monday 10 February 2014 and Friday 8 August 2014. They will then be emailed a link to an online survey (survey 1) at the email address they provide. The participant will have 2 weeks to complete and submit the survey from the date it is received. Participants will be entered into the draw once all fields and all questions are completed and the survey is submitted by following the online prompts.

There will be two separate draws of all registrants that complete Survey 1. The first draw will take place on Monday 12 May 2014 and will include all participants who have completed the survey by 5pm on Friday 9 May 2014. The second draw will take place on Monday 11 August 2014 and will include all participants who have completed the survey after 5pm Friday 9 May 2014 and before 5pm on Friday 8 August 2014. Winners will be drawn by randomising participant data and using an online random number generator.

Prizes available will include the following: OzHarvest recipe book or Box Appetit lunchbox. The participant will nominate their prize preference and all care will be taken to provide winners with their preferred prize. A total of 16 prizes will be drawn (8 prizes in the first draw and 8 prizes in the second draw).

Winners will be notified via email and able to collect their prize within 2 weeks of the two dates the prizes are drawn at Council’s Waste Management Depot, 31 Sefton Road, Thornleigh, NSW 2120 between 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

If prizes are not claimed by Monday 25 August 2014, any unclaimed prizes will be distributed for Love Food Hate Waste promotional purposes within the Hornsby Shire as Council’s Manager, Waste Management Services sees fit.

The Promoter’s decision in relation to any aspects of the competition is final and binding on every person who enters and no correspondence will be entered into.

b) Completion of survey 2

This competition commences on Monday 10 November 2014 and will conclude at 5pm on Monday 24 November 2014.

To enter the competition participants must first successfully complete a quiz at the Food Lovers’ Revolution website between Monday 10 February 2014 and Friday 8 August 2014. They will then be emailed a link to an online survey (survey 2) at the email address they provide 9 months after the website goes live. The participant will have 2 weeks to complete and submit the survey and will be entered into the draw once all fields and all questions are completed and the survey is submitted by following the online prompts. All surveys completed and submitted by 5pm Monday 24 November 2014 will be entered into the draw.

Winners will be drawn on Tuesday 25 November 2014 by randomising participating data using an online random number generator.

A total of one (1) prize will be drawn. The prize will be a Vitamix Blender.

The winner will be notified via email and able to collect their prize within two weeks of the date the prize is drawn at Council’s Waste Management Depot, 31 Sefton Road, Thornleigh, NSW 2120 between 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

If prizes are not claimed by Wednesday 24 December 2014, any unclaimed prizes will be distributed for Love Food Hate Waste promotional purposes within the Hornsby Shire as Council’s Manager, Waste Management Services sees fit.

The winners name will be published on the Hornsby Shire Council website.

If prizes are not claimed, then an unclaimed prize draw will occur on Tuesday 27 January 2015. If prize is still not claimed by end of the trial period, then any unclaimed prizes will be distributed for Love Food Hate Waste promotional purposes within the Hornsby Shire as Council’s Manager, Waste Management Services sees fit.

The Promoter’s decision in relation to any aspects of the competition is final and binding on every person who enters and no correspondence will be entered into.

6. In the event that for any reason whatsoever a winner does not take the prize at the time stipulated by the Promoter then that prize will be forfeited by the winner and cash will not be awarded in lieu of the prize.

7. The personal information you provide in entering this competition will be used by the Promoter to conduct the competition.  By entering this promotion, the entrant consents to the storage of their personal information on the Promoter’s database and the Promoter may use this information for future promotional and marketing purposes regarding the Promoter’s services including contacting the entrant via electronic messaging.

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