5 Ideas To Reduce Residential Food Waste

Posted by Recycle Coach on Friday, June 1, 2018 1:20 PM

Do you toss left over or spoiled food into the garbage on a weekly basis? You’re not alone. Many municipalities are finding that food waste is a significant contributor to the organic material portion of the municipal solid waste stream, mostly generated from residents at-home.

In the U.S., almost half of food waste is generated from consumer and residential sources, according to a 2012 Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) study. The remaining food waste comes from restaurants (37%), institutions such as schools and hospitals (22%), manufacturers (3%), and retailers (2%).

In Canada, 47% of food waste occurs at home. This means that each household throws away $28 worth of food weekly or $1,456 annually.

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Topics: food waste, organic food waste, municipal solid waste stream, residential food waste, sustainability, spoiled food

Residential Composting in Southgate, ON

Posted by Recycle Coach on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 1:30 PM

Composting is a valuable part of any municipal solid waste program because it diverts materials from landfills and incinerators. In Canada, over 60% of households participated in some type of composting program in 2011. In this article, we share what one community in Ontario is doing to grow its residential composting program and how it contributes to its diversion goals.

With 2,300+ households, the Township of Southgate in Ontario is a small rural municipality that has implemented an effective residential composting program. Tracey Dupuis in the Public Works Department works closely with the community to increase organic collection and composting with education and outreach programs.

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Topics: International Compost Awareness Week, residential composting, Community Outreach, Organics Origami, composting, southgate, on, windrow composting method, organics, food waste, residential composting program

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