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Why Food Waste Matters

Edible Food Doesn’t Belong in the Green Bin

Composting food waste is better than disposing of it in the garbage. But an even better way to lessen our impact on the environment is to reduce the amount of food waste we produce in the first place.

Food Waste in Metro Vancouver

A lot of food is wasted in Metro Vancouver and over 50% of this waste is avoidable.


In Metro Vancouver, over half of all household food waste could, at some point, have been eaten – things like uneaten leftovers or ingredients that spoiled before they were used. That’s over 100,000 tonnes of avoidable food waste per year!
(Source: Metro Vancouver’s baseline study)

To put that in perspective, each day in Metro Vancouver we waste

  • 16,000 heads of lettuce,
  • 40,000 tomatoes,
  • 80,000 potatoes,
  • 32,000 loaves of bread,
  • 55,000 apple,
  • 70,000 cups of milk
  • and 30,000 eggs!

Read more about food waste in Metro Vancouver.


It’s Not Just Restaurants and Grocery Stores

This problem isn't just in restaurants and grocery stores. Nearly half (47%) of all food waste occurs in our homes.

Where food is wasted in Canada’s food value chain

$700 a Year

Avoidable food waste costs a typical Metro Vancouver household about $700 per year (based on 2014 food prices). Reducing your household’s food waste can save you money on your groceries.

Environmental Toll

It takes water, energy, fuel and packaging to produce the food we all love. Does it really belong in the bin? Because more than half of the food we throw away can be eaten, keeping it out of the bin is good for our pockets and the planet combined.

The Good News

The good news is that this problem is easy to solve. We’re asking people to start by making just one small change to reduce their waste.

There are three ways we can all reduce our food waste. Get started below.