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There’s no doubt that we waste a lot of food, and the cost is enormous.

In addition to the value of the food wasted, there’s the huge environmental cost:

  • Agriculture accounts for 70 per cent of the world’s water use.
  • Food that decays in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
  • The emissions generated by importing food over long distances add to that burden.

As we look to #TransformTO to address climate change and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the amount of food you waste is a great way to make a difference.

Tips to reduce food waste at home

  • Plan your meals in advance, preferably a week at a time.
  • Make a shopping list and check your cupboards to see what you have on hand. Only buy what you need.
  • Cook perishable foods first.
  • Don’t make too much food. Make only what you know you will eat.
  • If you have leftovers, pack a lunch and take it to work or school the next day.
  • Use your freezer – it’s the easiest way to preserve food.
  • Use coffee grounds for fertilizer. Don’t throw them out – sprinkle them in your garden or grass.
  • Don’t throw food or scraps in the garbage. Compost it or put into your green bin.
  • Visit Love Food Hate Waste for even more ideas.

How to reduce food waste at home – check out this short video