Food Loss & Waste Reduction
Don’t just manage food waste — stop wasting it in the first place.
Enviro-Stewards’ approach is unlike that of most consultants. Instead of performing a traditional solid waste audit with a specific focus on finding the best location for your dumpster contents, we examine the root causes leading to waste in order to develop innovative and sustainable solutions.
In Canada, the equivalent of 30 – 40% of the food produced is lost along the value chain. This food waste is worth an estimated $27 billion each year. Traditional solid waste audits find homes for this food waste at margin value of plus $20 to minus $100 per tonne. However, this approach fails to recognize that, just before it was lost during processing, the food was valued at plus $1,000 – $15,000 per tonne.
Rather than focusing on ways to manage your food waste by finding efficient ways to destroy the food, we will develop solutions to reduce or eliminate wasted food in the first place.
Enviro-Stewards takes a holistic approach and conducts a full-spectrum assessment and implementation focused on prevention, resource conservation, and improving your bottom line.
Our unique approach to reduce food waste during the manufacturing process will ensure that more ingredients and finished goods leave the line as saleable product and not through the dumpster.
We develop and implement solutions to achieve substantial waste reductions with average payback of less than 1 year.
Food Waste Reduction Success story
After completing a conventional solid waste audit, Campbell Canada wanted to improve their food loss + waste (FLW) prevention processes. They collaborated in a pilot project to apply the Provision Coalition’s FLW Reduction Toolkit (based on Enviro-Stewards’ approach) with a FLW Prevention Assessment conducted by Enviro-Stewards.
Enviro-Stewards conducted a root-cause analysis to develop cost-effective prevention strategies and solutions. The pilot project identified practical and economically-attractive opportunities to avoid food waste and increase the yield of the factory by 938 tonnes/yr with a product value of $706,000 and a payback period of less than six months.
Although their facility was previously sending food waste to a waste to energy plant, not wasting the food in the first place results in the reduction of 4,000 tonnes/yr greenhouse gas emissions compared with their prior disposal method. The project was selected as the Top Sustainability Project in Canada for 2018.
“Seeing this value to our business, we will continue to focus on these initiatives and maintain strong partnerships with experts like Enviro-Stewards, enabling us to stay current with customer expectations, be competitive in our production processes, and be innovative among industry, with our commitment to sustainability practices.”, said John Lillard, Project Leader Research & Development, Campbell Company of Canada.
Enviro-Stewards is dedicated to the development of innovative solutions to achieve long-term resource and financial sustainability for businesses.
Stop wasting resources and boost your yield.