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!
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? Visit the Where does it go tool.