November 12th, 2019

Ways to reduce food waste


By Mabell, Dave on September 11, 2019.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald

dmabell@lethbridgeherald.com

It’s another issue in North America’s “throw away” economy. But few Canadians would recognize they throw away about $1,700 in wasted food every year.

In Lethbridge, a new website has been developed to help reduce that problem.

“Studies show that one-fifth of the groceries we buy ends up in the garbage,” says Kathleen Sheppard, executive director of Environment Lethbridge.

Whether it’s an issue with food storage – or simply cooking too much – too much food ends up in the landfill.

“Household waste is an easy problem to solve,” she says.

“Being well organized when you buy and store your food is a big part of the solution.”

The new wasteless.ca/food website, she explains, offers suggestions on reducing that waste.

Understanding best-before dates, knowing how to store different foods, and basic meal planning are some of the keys.

“Food waste costs households money and has an environmental impact when it ends up in the landfill, releasing methane – a potent ‘greenhouse’ gas,” Sheppard explains.

Environment Lethbridge will be showcasing the site at local events this fall, she adds.

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