Food Action Waste Week campaigning to save Canadians money

With the cost of food soaring, the National Zero Waste Council and Love Food Hate Waste Canada are again helping Canadians reduce food waste during Food Waste Action Week, which runs from March 6 to 12.

The average Canadian household throws away $1,300 of edible food per year – the equivalent of 4.5 meals per week.

“At a time when food costs are higher than ever, Canadians are seeking more ways to use up items in their fridges and pantries or make those products last longer,” said Craig Hodge, chairman of the National Zero Waste Council.

“We are excited to join forces with organizations around the world for the second annual global Food Waste Action Week, because every victory — big or small — adds up.”

Sixty-three percent of the food Canadian households waste is considered “avoidable,” meaning it was edible at some point before being thrown away or composted.

In Canada, avoidable food waste adds up to 2.3 million tonnes per year, costing the equivalent of more than $20 billion. All types of food are wasted, but the most common by weight are vegetables then fruit, followed by cooked leftovers, breads, baked goods, dairy, and eggs.

This year’s campaign has the goal of driving home the message, “Win. Don’t Bin. Save money and time by making the most of the food you buy.” The first Food Waste Action Week was launched in the United Kingdom in 2021 by WRAP UK, and has since been supported by the National Zero Waste Council and Love Food Hate Waste Canada, alongside other global and national partners, all working collaboratively in the fight against food waste.

“We are pleased to participate in Food Waste Action Week again this year to help increase awareness about how and why residents should reduce food waste at home. Reducing food waste is part of the City of Toronto’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy and it’s a win-win for everyone. Not only does it save money, it’s a positive action that helps the environment.” Matt Keliher, general manager, Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto

To participate, Canadians are encouraged to follow #FoodWasteActionWeek, #WinDontBin, National Zero Waste Council, and Love Food Hate Waste Canada on social media for food-saving tips every day.

“We all have a role to play to reduce food waste all year long. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign offers simple and relevant ways to change our daily habits. Reducing waste at home leads to many benefits, such as saving money, reducing waste disposal, and better preserving our resources,” said Sonia Gagné, president and CEO of RECYC-QUÉBEC

Love Food Hate Waste Canada is led and delivered by the National Zero Waste Council, in collaboration with campaign partners The City of Toronto, City of Vancouver, City of Winnipeg, RECYC-QUÉBEC, the Recycling Council of Alberta, the Capital Regional District, Metro Vancouver and Walmart Canada.