Loblaw has slashed food waste sent to landfill by more than 85 per cent, five years ahead of schedule, says Galen G. Weston, executive chairman and president of Loblaw Companies Limited.
Weston has reiterated the company's commitment to reducing food waste.
In an email sent to PC Optimum members, Weston highlights a handful of innovative programs and strategic partnerships that the company credits with its success to date—reducing food waste sent to landfill across its corporate retail operations by 86 per cent, far surpassing its goal of 50 per cent by 2025 from a 2016 baseline:
- No Name Naturally Imperfect products: an entire product line that saves perfectly good fruit and vegetables that are small or misshapen from the landfill and is sold to customers at a great price.
- Second Harvest: a long-standing partnership that has helped facilitate the donation of enough surplus food to provide over 1.3 million meals to Canadians and prevent more than 3 million kilograms of greenhouse gases from being released if that food had gone to the landfill.
- Bakery Waste: the company has diverted more than 4.2 million kilograms of expired bakery waste from the landfill and converted it into animal feed for local farms.
- ZooShare Biogas: an innovative partnership that combines food waste from Loblaw and other partners with animal manure from the local zoo to produce biogas that generates renewable electricity fed directly into the grid.
As the majority of food waste occurs in the home, the company also aims to educate and empower its customers to join in their efforts, offering a number of resources, including a docuseries, Half Full where Canadian chefs show how we can all cut down on waste by using every part of our vegetables.