Food waste in the home is a big issue in Canada. According to the National Zero Waste Council, home food waste accounts for 21% of the total food waste generated in Canada. Of the food that Canadians are throwing away, 63% of that could at one point have been eaten. For the average Canadian household that is equal to 140 kilograms of waste per year, at a cost of $1,100 a year.

A June 2020 online survey of 1,200 adult Canadians was conducted to understand how food purchasing, storage, consumption and waste behaviours have changed since the introduction of quarantine and physical distancing measures. This infographic provides a snapshot of current consumer behaviours and attitudes. It is delivered by the National Zero Waste Council in conjunction with its campaign partners and the Mustel Group.

Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) Canada exists to help Canadians prevent food waste at home, by inspiring and empowering people to make their food go further and waste less. Easy tips and ideas are available at LFHW Canada is modelled on a proven UK-based behaviour change campaign that, in its first five years, helped cut avoidable food waste by 21 per cent, saving UK consumers £13 billion ($22 billion Canadian).

Survey Results Summary:

Published by: National Zero Waste Council

Publication Date: 2020

View Infographic

Use the icons below to Share!