BRAMPTON, ON (September 14, 2016) – The Region of Peel is issuing a challenge to its residents.

Forty per cent of the food that Peel households throw out is avoidable food waste. Can residents cut their food waste and their food bills, too?

“The average household could save up to $112 per month by reducing its food waste with the three simple tips that we’re suggesting,” says Norm Lee, the Region’s Director of Waste Management. “If every household could cut its food waste by the equivalent of one watermelon this year, then we could reduce Peel’s food waste by one per cent this year.”

The Region is pleased that Peel residents have met the challenge of ensuring that any organics that they throw out are placed in their backyard composters or new green organics carts, rather than in the garbage. But, recent curbside audits show that 40% of the food waste that residents throw out is avoidable food waste. Approximately half (53%) is leftovers that could have been eaten, and the other half (47%) is untouched food.

The audit showed that households are throwing out bread, meat, fruit, vegetables, eggs, and dairy products that could have been eaten.

The Region’s three “smart tips” to help Peel’s households meet this challenge are:

  • 1) Plan smart: Check what you have and how many meals you need to prepare, and create a list before shopping.
  • 2) Buy smart: Stick to your shopping list, and buy only what you can use before it spoils.
  • 3) Store smart: Eat older items first, freeze what you can’t use or are tired of eating (such as leftovers), and check for more helpful hints at peelregion.ca/foodwaste

Leading up to Thanksgiving, the Region’s Twitter account will feature smart tips about how to cut your food waste and food bill. Residents are encouraged to join in the conversation, by using the hashtag #cutfoodwaste, to share how they are cutting their food waste and how well they met the challenge.

The Region of Peel provides waste management services in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and in the Town of Caledon. For more information on this campaign, check peelregion.ca/foodwaste


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