The Government of Canada launches research fund to help prevent and divert food waste from Canadian landfills

Sep 29, 2023

When food and other organic wastes are disposed of in landfills, they produce methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Municipal solid waste landfills are responsible for almost one‑quarter of Canada's methane emissions, which are generated when biodegradable waste decomposes. Cutting methane emissions from all sources, including landfills, is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to combat climate change.

Today, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced the Food Waste Prevention and Diversion: Research and Capacity Building Fund. This $570,000 Fund will help support local government research and capacity-building initiatives to prevent and divert food waste from landfills. Reducing food loss and waste also means that the energy, water, and land that is used to grow food are not wasted.

Municipal, local, and Indigenous governments are best positioned to advance food waste prevention and diversion across their communities. This funding aims to help foster collaborative partnerships, increase knowledge of best practices, and bolster initiatives related to food waste policy and programming across Canada. Applicants can submit their project proposal before 3:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 30, 2023. All projects must be completed by March 31, 2026.

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