Food Waste

Did you know that almost half of Canada’s food waste, 47%, occurs right at home? The national Love Food Hate Waste campaign aims to change Canadian's behaviors and dramatically reduce food waste through three simple actions:

  • Plan it out. Scheduling meals doesn't have to be complicated, and in addition to reducing food often meal planning is healthier and saves money.
  • Keep it fresh. Keeping produce, dairy, and pantry staples fresher for longer gives you more time to use up the food you love.
  • Use it up. Look in the fridge, is there something that might go bad soon? Learn more about best before dates and find recipes online. 

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Cowichan ReFRESH

The Cowichan Green Community started reFRESH Cowichan to establish a food recovery system to reclaim unwanted and destined for landfill food through redistribution infrastructure throughout the region.

Cowichan Waste Composition

In the Cowichan region, compostable organics make up 30% of residential garbage being thrown into landfill. While composting can be an alternative to landfilling, the greatest impact is reducing food waste at the source.