August 15, 2015

Residential Food Waste Prevention – ToolKit for Local Government and Non-Government Organizations

Publish Date
August 2015
Avery Gottfried, Jessica Frank, Tamara Shulman, and Wilbert Yang
British Columbia Ministry of Environment

Uneaten leftovers and spoiled food make up over 25% of the waste discarded from a household. The Ministry produced a Residential Food Waste Prevention toolkit as a resource that helps local governments or non-governmental organizations address avoidable food waste from households. It describes different program models and their components, and provides guidance for identifying suitable approaches, based on a community’s size, capacity, and priorities.

This report provides the rationale and a summary of tools for BC municipalities to make a business case for food waste reduction programs. The tools and resources summarized within this report are intended to create opportunities for BC municipalities to begin to implement food waste reduction programs and demonstrate leadership on the issue.


  • Health & Social Planning
  • Infrastructure
  • Waste Reduction