Food Waste

Food Waste Friday

Over half of the food produced in Canada each year goes to waste. A great deal of this waste happens at the consumer level. In addition to the food that is lost, this also represents a loss of money and other resources and is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. In PEI, we are very fortunate to have an effective composting system run by Island Waste Management Corporation (IWMC) that turns much of the food we waste into rich compost for use on farms and gardens. However, it is still important to reduce the food waste we produce by:

  • Buying only what is needed
  • Ensuring that what is purchased is consumed
  • Disposing of any unconsumed food in the compost, never as waste


Plan to reduce your business’s or event’s food waste by donating surplus food to a not-for profit that can put it to use! One way to do this is by joining the PEI Food Recovery Network. This project is facilitated by Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charity, and aims to reduce the amount of unnecessary food waste from PEI businesses and events, providing quality food to not-for-profits to use in their programming. This initiative acts to distribute food to those in need as well as to eliminate the greenhouse gas emissions that result when food goes to waste.

Learn more here!

Food Waste Facts