Food Waste: Examples from Other Jurisdictions
Comprehensive Strategies/Reduction Strategies
The Dutch government’s “Taste the Waste” campaign was launched to achieve a reduction of 20% food waste across the food chain by by 2015 through raising awareness and changing behaviour throughout the food chain, from producer to consumer. The campaign focuses on saving money with minimal effort and has inspired the creation of a global “Taste the Waste” campaign to fight food waste.
A 32-member Public Advisory Committee was established in Hamilton to develop recommendations for a long-term Solid Waste Management Master Plan. A Solid Waste Management staff member also sits on Hamilton’s Food Security Committee.
Markham is focused on zero waste. Markham’s 80% diversion strategy includes a Zero Waste for Schools Program and using clear bags to make residents directly accountable for their waste.
In 2013, the City of Guelph teamed up with researchers from the University of Guelph on a Food Waste Pilot Project to assess household waste habits through weighing of organic waste, recyclables and garbage.
Consumer Focused Campaigns
A UK consumer focused campaign, “Love Food – Hate Waste”, was launched in 2007 by the not-for-profit organization Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP). Partners include community organizations, chefs, UK businesses, trade bodies, local authorities and individuals. The campaign provides advice on how to prepare, store and dispose of food waste.
Diversion through Composting
Greenovate Boston, a community-driven movement, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiative, held a pilot period for a residential compost-drop off program that allowed residents to drop off food scraps at three farmer’s markets. From August 1st 2013 through October 31st 2013 approximately 6,000 pounds of food scraps were diverted to Rocky Hill Farm to be composted
The not-for-profit GrowNYC has a public/private partnership composting program that offers residents food waste collection at over 30 farmer’s markets. The initiative began as a pilot program in March 2011 with seven collection sites funded by Speaker Quinn and the New York City Council. In April of 2013, 150 restaurants in New York City pledged to reduce their food waste sent to landfill by 50% through a “Food Waste Challenge”. Prevention strategies included composting and donating edible but unsellable food items to food banks