Saskatoon looks at diverting waste food from landfill


The University of Saskatchewan and city of Saskatoon are looking at ways to divert edible food from the landfill.

A new joint study found ways to minimize food being discarded.

It is estimated one third of the food produced world-wide and 30 to 40 percent of all food produced in Canada each year is wasted or lost.

Among the suggestions, creation of a food recovery association created in partnership with governments, as well as a social enterprise established to upcycle or transform surplus food for other uses.

One official says it is important to create ways to divert food from landfills because now it is simply easier to throw things away.

Other recommendations include a public awareness campaign, the use of phone food diversion apps, and inclusion of food diversion in city planning processes.

The city of Saskatoon is looking at the next steps to take to reduce food waste, in an effort to save disposal costs and benefit the community and environment.

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