Did you know more than half (58%) of all food produced in Canada is lost or wasted? (Second Harvest and VCMI, 2019) Avoidable food waste costs the average household $1,766 per year. 

What is Food Waste?

There are two kinds of food waste:

  • Unavoidable: these are the foods that we don’t usually eat, such as banana peels, egg shells, coffee grounds and bones
  • Avoidable (also called wasted food): these are foods that could have been eaten at some point before they were thrown away; this also includes beverages 

The small bits of food leftover from meal preparation, cooking and plate scraping are often called food scraps or kitchen scraps.

Food Waste Reduction Program

Waste Services is currently developing a food waste reduction program to help residents reduce their avoidable food waste in the future. 

Did you know that the average Edmontonian's garbage contains around 22-26% food waste?

Learn more about our research to help us understand some of the reasons why residents waste food and what habits may prevent food waste at home.

Yearly Food Waste Breakdown

What's in Your Waste? - Houses

Average yearly breakdown of waste from Edmonton houses.

(Source: City of Edmonton 4-Season Waste Characterization Study, 2015-16)

What's in Your Waste? - Apartments

Average yearly breakdown of waste from Edmonton apartments and condos.

(Source: City of Edmonton 4-Season Waste Characterization Study, 2015-16)

National Food Waste Reduction Strategy 

The City of Edmonton has been working with the National Zero Waste Council (NZWC) on food waste initiatives. NZWC is developing a multi-year strategy to reduce food waste. The strategy is built on three pillars: policy change, innovation and behaviour change. 

Food Loss and Waste Strategy for Canada

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