Cochrane is celebrating National Waste Reduction Week October 21-27, a national campaign to educate, engage and empower Canadians to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
Cochrane’s Eco Centre is raising awareness about waste reduction, specifically focusing on food waste, in their Waste Reduction Week campaign. Fabrizio Bertolo, manager of waste and recycling, explains that a 2017 study concluded that, on average, 63% of the food thrown away in the home could have been eaten.
“That amount could be as much as 140 kilograms of food, over $1700 worth per household,” Bertolo says. “We want Cochranites to think about how they’re using food – shopping, storing and cooking it – to ensure it’s not being wasted.”
The Town’s campaign includes presentations at local schools, public tours of the Eco Centre and an online contest to demonstrate how residents are championing their goal of being Zero-Waste Heroes. There are also online tools and videos to learn how to use leftovers, organize your fridge and make smarter shopping choices to reduce food waste.
Mayor Genung is participating in a challenge to make (and eat) a lunch made entirely from rescued food – in a reusable lunch kit, of course.
The Town of Cochrane is partnering with the Southern Municipalities Waste Management Association Committee (SMWMAC), who are similarly committed to issues such as resource efficiency, waste reduction and diversion.
National Waste Reduction Week was proclaimed by Mayor Jeff Genung at Cochrane’ s Town Council meeting on Tuesday, October 15.
For more information, tips, tools and videos, please visit facebook.com/CochraneEcoCentre.