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Love Food, Hate Waste

​The City of Lethbridge has partnered with the National Zero Waste Council, and communities and businesses across Canada, to help people prevent household food waste.

​Household food waste is a significant issue in Canada. Sixty-three per cent of the food Canadian households throw away could have been eaten. For the average household, that is the equivalent of 4.5 meals per week or 140 kilograms of wasted food per year, at a cost of $1,300. For Canada as a whole, that amounts to 2.3 million tonnes – or $21 billion worth of edible food waste every year.

The estimated environmental impact of household food waste is also staggering, contributing 6.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. By preventing food waste at home, citizens can help in the fight against climate change: every tonne of household food waste that is avoided is the equivalent of taking one car off the road each year.
Based on research into what leads to food waste in the first place, LFHW Canada delivers campaigns designed to inspire and empower people to prevent food waste at home by focusing on three key behaviours.


Plan it out: buy just what you need
    • Plan your meals for the upcoming week.
    • Start with your go-to meals. Repeat them every week or two. Then, if you’re up for it, toss in something new every once in a while.
    • Check your refrigerator and pantry. See what needs to be used up and then think of a meal to make with those items.
    • Use perishables like meat and seafood earlier in the week and save staples like pasta, dairy, and eggs for later in the week. 

Keep it fresh: store food properly so it stays fresh longer

    • Store food in the correct place and set the temperature in your refrigerator to  4°C or lower.
    • Set one crisper drawer to high humidity to store vegetables that wilt, like leafy greens, and another crisper drawer to low humidity to store fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene, like apples and peppers.
    • Freeze items to make them last longer. Bread, meat, vegetables can last for months in the freezer. 

Use it up: use what you buy

    • A quick soak in ice water for 5 to 10 minutes is often enough to reinvigorate wilted veggies.
    • Toast stale chips and crackers for a minute or two in a regular or toaster oven to crisp them right back up. Stale bread can be toasted, too, and eaten as your morning toast or made into croutons to add to a salad.
    • Fruits and veggies past their prime can be added to smoothies, soups, baked goods and stir-fries.
    • Try pickling to preserve fruits and vegetables for a later day.
    • A best before date is not an expiration date. Use your judgement before throwing out food after the best before date. An unopened package of food that has been stored properly can maintain good quality well after the best before date.

Visit lovefoodhatewaste.ca or visit us at an in-person event for food-saving tips and strategies, including:
  • Creative recipes for the most commonly-wasted foods
  • Food storage guidance
  • Demystifying “best before” dates
  • Inspiration for using up seasonal and holiday leftovers
  • Canning and food preservation
  • Meal planning and batch cooking

About Love Food Hate Waste Canada 

Love Food Hate Waste Canada was launched nationwide in 2018 by the National Zero Waste Council in partnership with metropolitan governments, provincial organizations, and major retailers. The new report, Making Every Bite Count, provides a snapshot of the successes and level of activity from the initiative’s first three years in Canada. First introduced in the United Kingdom, Love Food Hate Waste is also active in New Zealand, Australia as well as Canada.
About the National Zero Waste Council

The National Zero Waste Council, an initiative of Metro Vancouver, is leading Canada's transition to a circular economy, bringing together governments, businesses and NGOs to advance a waste prevention agenda that maximizes economic opportunities for the benefit of all Canadians. The Council has been leading on food loss and waste prevention since 2012, advocating for policy change and the adoption of best practices across the supply chain and in homes. Its seminal report, A Food Loss and Waste Strategy for Canada, prioritizes actions for governments, businesses, and community organizations.

Upcoming Events

Visit our booth for giveaways, food-saving tips and strategies to reduce your waste!
Exhibition Park Farmers’ Market
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Lethbridge & District Exhibition - 3401 Parkside Drive South
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