October 18th-24th is Waste Reduction Week and it is a great time to learn about how to reduce your food waste, as well as why it is important to do so.
The City of Airdrie is partnering with the Airdrie Food Bank to bring you a free presentation and workshop series. It will focus on tips and tricks for cutting back on food waste, how to properly use the organics program as well as a workshop on using leftovers to make a casserole.
Learn more and sign up here!
The City of Airdrie is partnering with the Airdrie Public Library to bring you a free online presentation on Thursday October 21, 2021 about how you can reduce your waste and utilize the City's programs, including the organics program. Sign up here!
The average Canadian household wastes approximately $1,766 worth of food annually (40 per cent of the food produced in Canada). That’s over $46 million of food wasted in Airdrie alone!
Why does it matter if organics end up in the landfill?
Organics need oxygen to turn into soil, which are not present in a landfill. Organics buried in a landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger and more harmful to the Earth than carbon dioxide. They also create leachate, a toxic liquid from garbage, which has to be collected and treated to protect the environment.
If you end up having to throw food away, remember to use your organics carts.
Not sure what goes where? Click here for more info.
Here are a few ways you can reduce food waste:
- Organize your fridge with most perishable foods in one area. Check out our downloadable fridge makeover sheet.
- Get creative with leftovers, like using them to make frittata, soup or a casserole. Click the recipe card below for complete details on how to make our delicious "Use-it-up frittata".
- Make a weekly meal plan before you go shopping
- Take inventory of food you have in your fridge before 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.
- Learn how to pack a literless lunch, and lunches with proper portions.
- Donate food you don’t need to the Airdrie Food Bank or give it away before it spoils.
- The Airdrie Food Bank accepts food, including produce, in un-opened packages. Please check with the food bank for what they are currently accepting or in need of, and how to donate.
- Bone broth recipe (pdf)
- Litterless lunch (pdf)
- Fridge Makeover (pdf)
- Use-It-Up Frittata Recipe (pdf)
- Why curbside recycling? (pdf)
- What Goes Where Reference Sheet (pdf)
- Quick Guide to Recycling (pdf)
Waste & Recycling