City of Kamloops Encourages Residents to Love Food, Hate Waste

Release date: 
April 1, 2019

The City of Kamloops is excited to announce a new partnership with Love Food Hate Waste Canada, a program created by the National Zero Waste Council, supported by provincial and local governments. In Canada, the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign (LFHW) has been piloted in Metro Vancouver since 2015. The program is now expanding to other municipalities based on the success of Metro Vancouver and aims to help people waste less by offering simple and actionable tips.

The campaign comes in response to a benchmark study in 2017, which revealed the average Canadian household wastes 308 pounds of food per year, at a cost of more than $1,100. The research has also shown almost half of the value of Canada’s food waste, 47%, occurs in the home.

LFHW teaches residents how to avoid waste by purchasing less, storing food properly and better utilizing leftovers for meals and freezing food, among other actions.

“Canadian studies have shown that 63% of the food Canadians throw away could, at one point, have been eaten,” says, Jaimi Garbutt, Sustainability Educator for the City of Kamloops. “Our goal is to encourage awareness at a local level by educating residents, which ideally will help them save money, reduce waste at home and the landfill. By avoiding the necessity to transport and landfill the material, it will also prevent the creation of green house gases associated with food waste.

“This is another tool to help educate residents on individual behaviours and their impacts, and is a natural fit to our Sustainable Kamloops Plan.” Garbutt adds.

Some of the tips from LFHW that can help reduce food waste at home, include:

  • Plan your meals in advance, preferably a week at a time.
  • Make a shopping list and check your cupboards to see what you have on hand. Only buy what you need.
  • Cook perishable foods first.
  • Don’t make too much food. Make only what you know you will eat.
  • If you have leftovers, pack a lunch and take it to work or school the next day.
  • Use your freezer – it’s the easiest way to preserve food.
  • Don’t throw food or scraps in the garbage. If you have the ability, compost it.

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