Learn how to save money and reduce food waste during Waste Reduction Week

Oct. 9, 2018/ For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – As part of national Waste Reduction Week, held Oct. 15 – 21, City of Airdrie staff will educate residents about the impact of food waste.

“Canadians waste about $1,400 worth of food annually. That’s over $25 million of food wasted in Airdrie alone,” says Susan Grimm, Team Leader, Waste and Recycling Services. “Sometimes it’s tough to know how much food you’ll need and people obviously intend to use the food they buy, but with a few easy tips and a thoughtful approach to grocery shopping, residents can save money and reduce food waste.”

Grimm suggests the following tips for reducing food waste:

  • Organize your fridge
    • Have most perishable foods in one area and use this section first when making meals
    • Learn how to store different types of food so they last longer, for example, keep vegetables in a crisper with the vents closed and fruits in a crisper with the vents open
  • Make a weekly meal plan before you go shopping and only buy what you need
  • Buy less food more often so your fresh food doesn’t go bad before you get to it
  • Use food you have in your fridge before shopping
  • Donate food you don’t need to the Airdrie Food Bank or give it away before it spoils

“If you end up having to throw food away, remember to use your organics cart. When organics end up in the landfill they release methane and create leachate, a toxic liquid that has to be collected and treated We also pay more to send garbage to the landfill versus processing organics, so we definitely don’t want organics to end up in the landfill.” says Grimm.

To learn more about reducing food waste and Waste Reduction Week, visit www.airdrie.ca/foodwaste

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Media contact:
Susan Grimm
Team Leader, Waste and Recycling Services
403.948.8800 ext. 6296
Susan.Grimm@airdrie.ca

 

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