Food Rescue

Food Rescue

Food Rescue

Countdown (Progressive Enterprises)

It’s estimated that a third of all food produced goes to waste. Countdown’s Food Rescue project is leading the charge to reduce food waste in New Zealand, and is making a big impact.

This project addresses some key issues, not only in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, which has an impact on our land and greenhouse gas production, but in feeding people in need across the country.

Countdown’s programme to divert good quality, edible food waste to its charity partners instead of landfill has been going strong since 2011.

Each year the company donates more than $3.5 million of food (or more than 500 tonnes of food waste) that can still be eaten, to partners like the Salvation Army, local food rescue groups, and foodbanks.
A further $1.2 million of food waste is diverted to farmers as food scraps for animals.

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