TFPC members depute on Toronto’s Waste Management Stragey

On March 19, 2013 the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee met to discuss Toronto’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy. The Report, presented by the General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services, outlined City’s interest in establishing a long-term waste management strategy that considers new approaches to our city’s waste challenges.  The report also included a plan to gather public input through community consultations.

Helene St. Jacques from the TFPC and Wally Seccombe from Everdale Environmental Learning Centre presented on food waste reduction and mid-scale composting.

Wally discussed the potential for midsized composting to reduce waste while creating a value added product–clean usable soil. Wally, representing interest of Black Creek Community farm and Everdale, presented the possibility of piloting a mid-size compost project at Black Creek Community Farm in partnership with the City of Toronto.  For more information and access to Wally’s deputation notes click here .

Helen presented her research on household and consumer food waste.  Helen’s findings showed that an estimated $27 billion in Canadian food annually finds its way to landfill and composting equating to approximately 40% of all the food we produce and 2% of Canada’s GDP. Nearly 40% of all food produced in Canada is wasted and the single biggest contributors to waste are consumers. More than 50% of the $27B in food waste originates from food thrown away in Canadian homes.  Helen suggested that the Food Waste Management Strategy include emphasis on reducing consumer waste. For more information click here for Helen’s fact sheet.