Reduce Food Waste At Home

14% Of All Food Waste In Canada Happens In The Household


Here are some steps you can take to make sure your household isn't contributing to the problem

Plan ahead

  • Create a shopping list, as you do so think about what you will need to prepare your next couple meals.
  • Don’t forget to check your fridge to make sure you don’t buy things you already have.  
  • When at the store, stick to your list and avoid getting too much or impulse buying. (This will help you reduce food waste while also saving money)

Storage

  • Make sure to keep your bridge under 40°
  • Store your fruits and vegetables separate in different bins
  • Freeze items that you don’t plan on eating soon, for example excess produce.
  • Have an idea of what items may be going bad soon and finish those first. 

When Eating Out

  • Don’t leave food behind, take any leftovers home for later.
  • When going to a buffet don’t overfill your plate unless you plan on bringing food home. 

Understand Expiration & Best Buy Dates 

  • The best buy dates on most food products have little to do with food safety. Instead they indicate when the manufacturer thinks the product is at it’s freshest point. 
  • Though there are some exceptions to this with products like baby formula and certain dietary supplements that have government regulation demanding them to be labeled with true expiration dates.

Uncooked animal products should also be avoided if left for too long.

Click for more information (www.inspection.gc.ca)

Don’t Waste Food Scraps

  • See which veggie scraps can be used to make your own vegetable broth to add flavor to your next meal.
  • You could also compost your food scraps, this could be set up in your backyard. If you don’t have one there may be other option in your community such as a community garden.