Whether you’re celebrating the race that stops a nation or just the extra day off, many of us will get together with friends and family for barbies and picnics this Tuesday.

1. Have a plan 

This starts with where you’re having the barbecue or picnic. There are plenty of great parks across Victoria. You can also try your local council’s website to see if there’s something close to home. Or hold it in the backyard at your place.  

If you’re heading away from home to celebrate, can you get there on foot, using pedal power, public transport or by minimising the number of cars that make the journey? 

2. Cut out the food waste

Did you know the average Victorian household throws away $2,136 worth of food in a year? The 250,000 tonnes of food Victorians waste annually is enough to fill Melbourne’s Eureka Tower!

To avoid over-catering, plan what you need and who’s bringing what. Before you go shopping, check what you already have in the fridge and pantry and make a list.

Also, remember to take your reusable bags to the shops, now that single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags have been banned in Victoria.

3. Avoid disposable cutlery, cups and plates

Because of their shape, even disposable dinnerware made from recyclable materials, can’t be recycled.

Take the metal knives, forks and spoons you use at home on the picnic with you. See what else you have in the cupboard and take reusable plates, bowls and cups. You can get plastic cups and plates that you can use time and time again.  

4. Be careful how you store the leftovers

If you’re picnicking away from home, think about how you’re going to store the leftovers safely so they’re still fresh enough to eat later.

Sharing leftovers with your friends and family before they head home will also reduce food waste.

5. Compost what you can’t eat

Even if you eat all the barbie or picnic leftovers, there will still be some unavoidable food waste like egg shells and banana peels.

You can set up your own compost heap or bin at home to turn these unavoidable scraps into food for your garden.

If that’s not really your thing, some local councils’ green waste bins now take compostable food scraps as well as garden clippings. Check with your council first.

Page last updated: 01/11/19