Responsible Consumption - Reduce Residual Waste

The study “food in residual waste“, carried out by the Institute for Waste Management of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna (BOKU), shows need for action in Upper Austria. Every household in Upper Austria disposes on average EUR 277 worth of food and leftovers every year! That corresponds to 40 kg per household and year.

This is problematic for several reasons:
  • It leads to more (expensive) residual waste.
  • Loads of renewable and non-renewable resources are used for the production and transportation of food.
  • The transportation of food produces a high amount of greenhouse gases.

Measures to reduce food in residual waste already have to start in the food store.


Everyone of us can contribute to reducing food in residual waste


What you should be aware of when buying food



• prepare your shopping

– write a shopping list
– check advertising folders and bargains at home

– check your food inventory
– don't do the shopping when you're hungry

• buy sensibly

– the price is not the only criterion to consider

– compare base prices

– only buy bulk packs if you really need them

– square with your children in advance, and try not to give in to their whining

• inform about sales psychology

– recognise offers targeted at impulse buying
– be sceptical about supposed bargains
– be aware of pseudo offers (e.g. take 3 pay 2)
– stores consciously use aroma, light and colour for sales promotion
– you can say „NO“ even if you had a trial offer

With proper planning and sensible shopping you can avoid buying an amount of food you cannot consume - not only to protect the environment, but also to disburden your purse.


      Further information:
  • learn to estimate the right portion size – How much can I eat?
  • store food properly – the cooling chain shouldn't be interrupted
  • inform about the expiration date and its meaning
  • check expired food for its edibility before throwing it away

A mobile exhibition on this matter is currently on tour in the administrative districts. You can find it in schools, exhibition halls and at events.

All the projects concerning "responsible consumption" are carried out in accordance with "Umweltland OÖ" and "Genussland OÖ".