This week we are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Waste Reduction Week in Canada. Today – on Food Waste Friday, we would like to highlight environmental impacts of food waste.
Individuals and households across Canada waste an estimated $10 billion worth of food annually. When organic material, including food waste, decomposes in a landfill, it releases methane into the atmosphere, which is a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. At the same time, when composted, food waste can become a valuable nutrient in compost utilized in farming.
Since the island-wide rollout of the Waste Watch program in 2002, Island Waste Management Corporation has diverted 387,893 tonnes of organic waste from the PEI landfill. Our Central Compost Facility converts diverted compostable waste into high-quality category “A” compost. Last year alone, IWMC processed 19,942 tonnes of organic waste to produce 8,753 tonnes of compost.
Conversion of diverted organic material into high-quality compost begins with separating organic material from waste, hazardous waste, and recyclables in the Island homes and businesses. To help you properly separate various waste materials, IWMC offers an Interactive Sorting Guide, a free mobile app Recycle Coach, and toll-free customer service.
Although Islanders can rest assured that waste disposal methods on PEI address the environmental impacts of organic waste, there is always more that we could do as individuals. Please make sure to place organic materials into green bins intended for compost collection. Additionally, you could check practical tips and ideas on making food go further at https://lovefoodhatewaste.ca. After all, keeping our food out of the garbage is good for the environment and our budget.