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Speaker: Courtney Daniels

Speaker: Courtney Daniels
Session: Reduction of Waste in the Food System, Municipal and Ministry of Environment Strategies

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Getting SM4RTer about Food Waste Getting SM4RTer about Food Waste Presentation Transcript

  • Getting SM4RTer about Food Waste Bring Food Home Conference  November 19, 2013 Courtney Daniels Program Manager,  SM4RT LIVING Solid Waste Master Plan York Region
  • York Region – At a Glance • • • • 2 1.1 million residents 9 local municipalities Urban and rural areas Joint responsibility for  waste management
  • The SM4RT LIVING Plan  A comprehensive program for  managing waste in York Region for  the next 25‐40 years  Focus on reduction and reuse as the  major opportunities for innovation  Builds partnerships and community  connections to deliver common  objectives 
  • Where is Food Waste Happening? $27 Billion  worth of food  is wasted  every year Half of all food waste occurs at home Source: Value Chain Management Centre, 2010
  • The full cost of food waste Production Consumer costs Disposal costs
  • How much edible food are we throwing in  the green bin? Food waste is costing York Region households an average of $700 ‐ $1500 a year
  • What is the Region’s business case for a  food waste strategy? “The environmental costs of letting good  food go to waste are staggering.  Governments can’t reach into our homes  and force us to eat our crusts, but they  should be providing us with the knowledge,  tools and incentives to help us to stop  wasting food” Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner  of  Ontario (October 2012) How are York residents disposing of their  food waste?
  • Focus for York Region • Residents • Municipal  facilities Image Source: US  EPA and USDA
  • The Story behind Household Food Waste Fruit and vegetable waste Uneaten leftovers Plate scrapings Soiled paper products Spoiled produce Food past its best before date Diapers Pet waste We asked York residents: “what are  the biggest contributors to your  green bin waste?” Animal bones/meat waste Food/kitchen waste (unspecified Coffee grinds/tea bags No one specific thing Other Don't know York Region survey results reflect similar trends to research in the UK and US
  • What we heard from the community “When we start to acknowledge and really  value the process that brings food to our  tables, our relationship to food changes ‐ for  the better.” “Some of the things we were  doing were embarrassing and  hard to admit, like the amount of  food we waste in a week…” “I was making at least three shopping trips a  week…. Now I make one trip each week  because I’m better organized; we waste less  food and spend less time and money and as  a result, we have more time together as a  family. “
  • What’s happening in other communities?
  • Where do we start? Food waste  audits Surveys and  Focus groups Pilot Projects Food Waste Reduction Campaign
  • Where do we want to be? Food Waste  Reduction  Campaign 15% reduction in green bin material by 2031
  • Courtney Daniels Courtney.Daniels@york.ca 905‐830‐4444 x5013 www.york.ca/waste