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Coverage of food waste since October 23, 2023.

Too Good To Go app is keeping food out of local landfills

"...Its a really good trajectory for a region of that size and were really seeing a lot of people turn to food waste apps to find lower costs and also for those businesses to recoup some revenue. said Sarah Soteroff, senior public relations manager for the Too Good to Go app..."

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Peterborough County mulls options for countywide organics program

"...Otonabee-South Monaghan Township Mayor Joe Taylor says many residents currently have their own solution for organic waste. “Most rural residents, including me, dispose our food waste at the fence line behind the house,” he said. “And it works just fine..."

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California is forging ahead with food waste recycling. But is it too much, too fast?

"...Over time, food scraps and other organic materials like yard waste emit methane, a gas more potent and damaging in the short-term than carbon emissions from fossil fuels. California's goal is to keep that waste from piling up in landfills, instead turning it into compost or biogas..."

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Why banning food waste is harder than you might think

"...When Kathryn Belcher noticed employees at her local grocery store dumping trays of uneaten same-day baked goods into a trash bin earlier this month, she was outraged. She knew the buns and bagels were still edible — they'd been for sale ten minutes earlier — and it made the Calgary resident "steam" that they were going to waste. Belcher's neighbourhood grocery store is not alone..."

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Londons new green bin collection program starts Monday

"...I know many households have eagerly waited to start using the green bin, and Im excited that Monday is the first day of collection for this important program, said Mayor Josh Morgan. By properly sorting our food scraps and other organic materials to go into the new Green Bin, the program will help divert valuable resources from our landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help our community take climate action together. ..."

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B.C. company pitches

"...A British Columbia company says it's developed a system to minimize food waste on an industrial scale — but that without investors or provincial support, the model won't work..."

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Food waste in the spotlight after thousands of oranges left at Metro Vancouver dump

"...In a statement, Metro Vancouver, which operates the transfer station, said the waste was “unfortunate,” but that “there are no rules against accepting edible items. ”The food waste problem in Metro Vancouver is neither new, nor small. Metro Vancouver estimates 13,000 tonnes of edible, healthy food is thrown out every year in the region..."

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Unsecured garbage and compost fuel surge in bear sightings in Sooke

"...The B. C. Wildlife Act requires residents to secure wildlife attractions or face fines of up to $500..."

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The truth behind recycling on the West Shore and its success

"...The West Shore communities have about a 90 per cent household participation rate for the recycling program and the contamination rates for material are very low. The contamination rate measures the percentage of material that can’t be recycled since it is contaminated by things like food waste..."

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B.C. consortium nabs $2M to convert grape waste into food ingredients

"...They can also appeal to consumers who want to reduce food waste by highlighting how one of the ingredients in the chocolates and sauces was made from material that would otherwise go to waste..."

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New report details the 3 trillion cost of Europe saying 'no to science' on gene editing

"...Dr Emma Kovak, Senior Food and Agriculture analyst at the Breakthrough Institute, said: The EU is falling further behind as countries worldwide continue to pass new regulations that support gene editing technologies, which are a vital part of bio-economy growth. In saying no to scientific innovation, the EU misses out on many benefits, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and food production. ..."

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Jobs in food waste

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Social Planner I - Social Infrastructure Food Systems - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through..."

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Store Manager

"...food preparation, food presentation, profitability, cost, waste, safety and productivity according to set goals and business objectives..."

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Community Programs Success Coordinator

"...Second Harvest is looking for an adaptive, organized, and strategic thinker to join our team as the Community Programs Success Coordinator..."

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Operations Supervisor

"...Mismanagement of that waste results in clogged drain lines, bad odours, and costly..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention food waste.

Report on rising food costs fails to account for carbon tax, says critic

Duration: 4:49

"...The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food has published its report on the cost of food in Canada..."

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Closing the loop on food waste: Livestock as the ultimate upcyclers

Duration: 28:27

"...Ruminant animals arent just great at turning grass and forage into nutrient-dense protein, they can also turn food waste back into food, but we need a system to do it..."

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Sustainable Food Stories featuring Thomasina Miers

Duration: 30:37

"...In this weeks podcast, Patrick Holden is joined by Thomasina Miers, co-founder of restaurant chain Wahaca, which has won numerous awards for its food and sustainability credentials..."

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133 Recycling Food Waste

Duration: 44:28

"...Talking compost this week and digging into a solution for food waste at an industrial scale..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about food waste.

The Amazing Community Making Beautiful Compost from City Food Waste | Ben & bEartha Free Documentary

"...'Ben & bEartha: A Community's Compost Love Story' is a free 40-minute sustainability documentary following the highs and lows of a passionate community as they attempt to tackle the issue of food waste going to landfill..."

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Impactful Health R&D Founder Series

"...Wasted produce ends up in landfills that create methane which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions..."

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Official Trailer - Ben & bEartha: A Community's Compost Love Story

"...Composting food scraps seems like such a small and simple act, but its one of many crucial solutions to addressing climate change, reducing waste, and creating a regenerative food system..."

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Saving the World One Bucket at a Time! (A Clip from Ben & bEartha: A Community's Compost Love Story)

"...Composting food scraps seems like such a small and simple act, but its one of many crucial solutions to addressing climate change, reducing waste, and creating a regenerative farming system..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about food waste relevant to the latest news.

Life cycle assessment of source separation of biowaste, pay as you throw systems and autonomous composting units in the Municip

"...Nowadays, composting technologies are being used to manage food waste (FW), which is an environmentally friendly method of waste management in which organic matter can decompose biologically..."

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Different stages of microbial community during the anaerobic digestion of food waste

"...AD is a promising solution for FW management and energy generation when compared to typical disposal options including landfill disposal, incineration, and composting..."

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The role of food industries in sustainability transition: a review

"...Promoting plant based diets, reduced food waste and adopting circular economy principles can significantly contribute to sustainable consumption patterns..."

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Sustainable Management of Food Waste in Saudi Arabia

"...The potential environmental impacts of food waste and its treatment techniques have also been highlighted to identify gaps and hotspots in food waste management..."

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Life cycle cost?benefit efficiency of food waste treatment technologies in China

"...Unlike most existing studies on environmental impact analysis of food waste treatment technologies, this study conducted both environmental impacts and economic cost analysis of food waste treatment technologies using life cycle assessment and life cycle cost methods..."

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Global Research Progress on Municipal Waste and Future Prospect Based on the Cross-national Comparisons

"...The results indicated that current major research themes encompass waste classification and recycling, waste management and public behavior, waste disposal methods and technologies, as well as environmental impact and evaluation..."

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A conceptual framework for zero waste management in Bangladesh

"...The rapid expansion of industrialization, urbanization, and the influx of migrant citizens into the cities has become a cause of concern for huge waste generation in Bangladesh..."

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Hydrolysis and acidogenesis study of fruit and vegetable waste using activated sludge

"...Over the past years, uncontrolled population explosion coupled with an upsurge in the living standard of the people has led to a rise in the generation of municipal solid waste and energy consumption per capita..."

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Sustained release properties of cement-bonded composites with organic waste based anaerobic digestate as nutrient carriers for

"...Anaerobic digestate is an organic effluent from biogas plants that generate renewable energy from organic waste under anaerobic conditions..."

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New insights in food security and environmental sustainability through waste food management

"...There is a growing problem with food waste that affects every part of the waste management system, from collection to disposal; finding long-term solutions necessitates involving all participants in the food supply chain, from farmers and manufacturers to distributors and consumers..."

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