A bulk food recycling charity is expanding as it fights to reduce and reuse Auckland’s edible waste.
Mayor Phil Goff officially opened KiwiHarvest’s new recycled headquarters in Ellerslie on February 22.
KiwiHarvest collects food from commercial food providers that would otherwise be thrown out and delivers it to charities, refuges and food banks across Auckland where it is turned into meals.
The base includes an office made of four 20 foot containers, a warehouse made of three 40 foot containers and a fridge made out of a single 20 foot container.
Since 2015 KiwiHarvest collected 262 tonnes of food around Auckland, 70 per cent of which was fresh produce.
With the new facilities the charity could plan ahead and make food go further.
KiwiHarvest aimed to collect more than 360 tonnes of food this year.
When KiwiHarvest was given a specialty food like ricotta or aubergine they sent it to a destination with a chef.
Madill said there would be more containers coming – one for a professional kitchen and one for a permanent freezer.
The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year.
In November 2015 a rubbish bin audit found New Zealand households were wasting $872 million of food every year.