Food waste

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!

Here are a few ways you can reduce food waste:

  • Organize your fridge with most perishable foods in one area. Use this section first when making meals. Check out our downloadable fridge makeover sheet.
  • Get creative with leftovers, like using them to make soup. Find a delicious recipe below. 
  • Make a weekly meal plan before you go shopping and only buy what you need.
  • Use food you have in your fridge before shopping.
  • Buy less food more often so your fresh food doesn’t go bad before you get to it.
  • 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.
Learn more tips at the Airdrie Public Library from Oct. 19-25 and enter to win cool prizes. 

Airdrie Public Library (APL), 111-304 Main St. SE
During APL opening hours

Why does it matter if organics end up in the landfill?

Organics need oxygen to turn into soil, which isn’t present in a landfill. Organics buried in a landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide. They also create leachate, a toxic liquid from garbage, which has to be collected and treated to protect the environment.

If end up having to throw food away, remember to use your organics carts.

Not sure what goes where? Click here for more info.


Contact us

Waste & Recycling

P. 403.948.0246

F. 403.948.8819