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 Willoughby Council area

Willoughby City 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 to 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.

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. 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?

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 describing your food habits. Upon completion and return of the survey you will be entered into the draw to win a Box Appetit Lunchbox or OzHarvest Cookbook worth $50.

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

Willoughby City Council

Phone (02) 9777 1000


Competition Terms and Conditions

Willoughby City Council - The Food Lovers' Revolution prizes

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

  1. The promoter is Willoughby City Council, 31 Victor Street Chatswood NSW 2067. ABN: 47 974 826 099.
  2. Entry is open to residents of Willoughby City Council over the age of eighteen. Employees and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the promotion. Only one prize is available per household.
  3. Total prize pool of 18 prizes valued at approximately $1000. Winners will nominate their preferred prize of either The OzHarvest Cookbook (valued at $59.95) or A Box Appetit Lunchbox (valued at $47).
  4. The competition commences in February 2014 and will conclude at 5pm on 8 August 2014.
  5. To enter the competition, participants must first successfully complete a quiz at the Food Lovers’ Revolution website. They will then be emailed a survey to the email address they provide.
  6. The participant will be entered into the draw once all fields and questions are completed on survey 1 and the survey is returned. All surveys received by 5pm on 8 August 2014 will be entered into the draw.
  7. The winners will be drawn by on 11 August 2014.
  8. Winners will be notified via email and will either be able to collect their prize from the Council Admin Building or the prize will be mailed out to them.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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