Food Waste Prevention for Businesses
Prevent Food Waste
In B.C. private businesses and local governments have programs, such as curbside food scraps collection services that pick up food waste. Many local governments have also banned food scraps from disposal, however B.C. local government waste composition studies demonstrate that food waste is still ending up in our landfills where it releases harmful greenhouse gases.
When food is wasted, both food and money are lost. Also, energy, water and other resources that have been used to produce the food are wasted. It’s estimated that the amount of food wasted in Canada is $31 billion annually (Value Chain Management International Inc., 2014). Citizens and businesses have an opportunity to save money by preventing food waste.
Food Waste Prevention Toolkits
Retail food stores and food service in B.C. lose an estimated $1.3 billion worth of food per year, 57% more than the estimated profit in those Sectors. That’s value that is not realized by anyone, but which taxes our communities socially, economically and environmentally. Simple operational controls can help operators prevent waste and increase profit. The Ministry produced toolkits to assist retail, such as supermarkets and convenience stores, and food service providers, such as restaurants and drinking places prevent food waste.
- Food Service Food Waste Prevention Toolkit (PDF, 4.14 MB)
- Food Service Food Waste Prevention Instruction Manual (PDF, 2.27 MB)
- Retail Food Waste Prevention Toolkit (PDF, 4.3 MB)
- Retail Food Waste Prevention Instruction Manual (PDF, 2.25 MB)
- Waste Reduction Excel Toolkit (XLS)
Resources for Reducing Food Waste
- The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste
- Oregon’s Wasted Food Wasted Money Resources for business
- Food Waste in the Hospitality Industry Courses
- Videos to train staff to cut food waste
- Fifteen Canadian Initiatives Trying to Reduce Food Waste
- How to Minimize Food Waste (available in 13 languages)
Surplus food can occur along the food supply chain before it reaches the consumer, for example businesses that may have excess product or have a product that is safe yet cannot be sold.
Establishing food donation and food recovery programs to redistribute excess food is important. It can help more families’ access safe, nutritious food.
If your business has surplus nutritious food, the next step is to find a donation program that matches the types of food available, ensuring that the donation meets the needs of a recipient and fits the capacity and operations of both your business and the recipient.
Learn more about food donation in B.C. and opportunities available to redistribute food.