“Hey Canada! 63% of household food waste is AVOIDABLE”
Welcome to Week One of the Just Eat It, Caledon! Food Waste Challenge! We are excited to have you join us as we embark on this online challenge to learn about food waste and how it affects the well-being of the Earth – and our wallets! This challenge aims to make it as easy and as fun as possible to make small but impactful changes in our daily habits that will not only save us money but will help mitigate climate change.
Are you and your family ready to take a BITE out of FOOD WASTE? Then let’s get started!
Before we begin to reduce food waste in our homes, it’s important to understand how much is created in the first place. We need to become familiar with the two types of food waste:
UNAVOIDABLE FOOD WASTE: is food that can’t generally be sold or eaten, such as bones, vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags and coffee grounds – LFHW Canada
AVOIDABLE FOOD WASTE: is food that could have been eaten. It is food that is thrown away because it spoils or because we made too much of it. It ends up in the compost or garbage bin – LFHW Canada
We can do a lot to help the planet by generating less avoidable food waste. The Just Eat It, Caledon! Food Waste Challenge will show you simple ways to do this. But for this first week, we are going to spend some time learning about exactly how much avoidable food waste we create.
Week One – Challenge Activity:
This week you are going to complete an audit of your own avoidable food waste and determine what that quantity amounts to in terms of dollars lost. This challenge begins today and continues until Sunday.
Food for Thought! Throughout the week we would love it if you would leave your feedback in our community feed or comment on our social media accounts by January 24th.
How does the Challenge Work?
Why an AUDIT? It’s not tax time yet! Relax, this is a food waste audit. An audit will give you a good picture of exactly how much avoidable food waste you are accumulating – and what it’s costing you. This important information will help you measure your progress as you go through our five week challenge. Can you succeed in lowering your food waste using the tips and tricks you will learn? You absolutely can!
Starting today, Monday January 18th, use the Greenlid bin provided in your Waste Reduction Challenge Kit to begin collecting any avoidable food waste. You may choose to line your bin with a few sheets of newspaper or use a compost bag, or just put the food directly in the bin. Keep in mind that you may have to empty it and refill it during the week.
When the bin is full, or on Sunday, whichever comes first, use a scale to weigh the contents of your bin. You do not have to empty the bin – just weigh the contents and bin together. Once you have the weight of the bin (in pounds), record the amount on your “Food Waste Audit” handout and multiply the weight by $3.60* to arrive at the estimated cost of that avoidable food waste.
Continue to fill and weigh your bin throughout the week until this challenge ends on Sunday January 24th. Tally the total cost of your avoidable food waste for the week. If you don’t have access to a scale, simply count and record the number of bags of avoidable food waste your household generates this week.
Your goal for the remainder of the Just Eat It, Caledon! Food Waste Challenge will be to try to reduce the amount of avoidable food waste you are creating in your home. We’ve got the strategies to help you do this, so stick with us and we’ll take a BITE out of FOOD WASTE together!
*The amount of $3.60 is the result of dividing $1,100 (the annual cost of avoidable food waste per household) by 308 pounds (or 140 kg) of wasted food per year by household.