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Did you know about $31 billion in food is wasted in Canada each year? (VCMI, 2014) Nearly half (47%) of this food waste comes from consumers. 

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. 

Read the preliminary report from our 2016 Sustainability Scholar project on Food Waste Behaviours.

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

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)

Subscribe to Our Food Waste Newsletter

The City of Edmonton's Waste Services has a new food waste newsletter!  This newsletter will be emailed to subscribers three to four times per year, featuring helpful tips and tricks on how to reduce your food waste footprint, and more.

Food Waste Newsletter

Taste It, Don't Waste It

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For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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