Prevent food waste at home

Join us in learning how to reduce food waste by planning meals, using up the food you buy, and storing food properly so it stays fresh longer. 

Our partner, Love Food Hate Waste - Canada , surveyed Canadians and found that 94% of us are motivated to reduce our household’s avoidable food waste.

Of the 5.14 million tonnes of food that is wasted annually by households in Canada, 63% is avoidable, consisting of food that could have been eaten.

For the average Canadian household, that amounts to 140 kilograms of wasted food per year – at a cost of more than $1,100 per year.

Help us all reduce the amount of edible food we waste at home.

Avoidable vs unavoidable food waste

Our goal for a zero waste community is to reduce avoidable food waste.

What’s the difference?

Avoidable food waste

Avoidable food waste is food that is thrown away or composted when it could have been eaten.

Examples include:

  • Leftovers
  • Speckled bananas
  • Limp parsley
  • Last slice of bread
  • Half an apple

By planning it out, using it up, and keeping it fresh, we can all reduce the amount of avoidable food waste. 

Unavoidable food waste

Unavoidable food waste are scraps from food preparation that generally can’t be eaten. 

Examples include:

  • Bones
  • Egg shells
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds

Unavoidable food waste is best disposed of in your Green Bin or in your building’s organics bin.