There’s no doubt that we waste a lot of food, and the cost is enormous.
- $31 billion worth of food is wasted in Canada each year.
- About 275 kg of food (valued at $1,500) is wasted by the average single-family household in Toronto – that’s almost one in four purchases.
In addition to the value of the food wasted, there’s the huge environmental cost:
- Agriculture accounts for 70% 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.