Food Know How Project

The Food Know How Project is now under the management of the Yarra City Council

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Food Know How is a food waste reduction program that was jointly designed and developed by Yarra City Council and Cultivating Community with funding through the Victorian Government’s Metropolitan Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Fund and assistance from numerous other partners. The aim of the program is to help households, cafes and offices to avoid and recycle food waste, through strategies such as menu and meal planning, using leftovers, and tips about smart shopping and food storage, as well as composting and worm farming. The program was awarded the prestigious United Nations 2014 Sustainability Education Award as well as a Highly Commended Award at the Yarra Sustainability Awards.

The initial phase of the Food Know How program was implemented over an 11 month period (June 2013-May 2014). 554 households, 32 cafes and three offices were recruited. A network of community compost hubs was established with a corresponding food waste collection scheme, to process food waste from local cafes. Take a look at some of the project’s key achievements. 

For further information about the award winning Food Know How program and full access to its resources and materials about reducing food waste, please go to