Food & Organics

international compost week: food waste solutions for an eco-friendly impact

Heather Brown
May 09, 2024
· 3 min read

Addressing food waste is a crucial aspect of the global effort to reduce waste generation for both businesses and households.  Often, the prospect of minimizing waste generation can seem daunting. However, addressing food waste presents a tangible opportunity to make a significant impact. When organics end up in landfills, it emits methane gas, which is 25% more harmful than carbon monoxide. Conversely, the act of composting transforms organic waste into a valuable resource that enriches soil and promotes sustainable practices. In this context, compost and organics programs emerge as pivotal tools in mitigating environmental impact and improving waste diversion efforts.

In Canada alone, an alarming 58% of the food produced goes to waste, prompting governmental action at various levels across the country.

Regulatory bans on food waste in landfills are increasingly prevalent, driven by the understanding of the environmental harm caused by food waste decomposition in anaerobic conditions. These regulations mandate composting or alternative disposal methods to curb methane emissions and promote sustainable waste management practices. However, for businesses, compliance with these regulations poses new challenges, including engaging staff, program implementation, supplier selection, cost implications, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of success.


Education is the foundation of any successful organics food waste program, whether at home or in a business environment. Ensuring that individuals understand the importance of correctly separating organics, utilizing proper composting techniques, and maximizing the environmental benefits fosters a culture of sustainability and underscores the significance of their contributions to waste diversion efforts. This is where working with an industry expert becomes vital to the success of any compost program.

As one of Canada’s foremost experts on food waste programs, Waste Solutions Canada significantly enhances the effectiveness of organics programs for our clients. Leveraging their expertise, organizations gain access to tailored solutions designed to optimize waste diversion and composting initiatives. The company’s track record of designing and launching successful compost programs underscores the value of partnering with seasoned professionals to achieve food waste reduction goals.

Participation in food waste programs represents one of the most impactful steps individuals and businesses can take to minimize their environmental footprint. Regulatory mandates, combined with comprehensive education and expert guidance, pave the way for successful waste diversion efforts. By embracing composting and adopting responsible food waste management practices, communities and organizations contribute to a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come.

As we celebrate International Compost Week, let us acknowledge the critical role of compost and organics programs in environmental conservation. Through collective action and informed decision-making, we can transform organic waste into a valuable resource, mitigate climate change, and cultivate a healthier planet for all. Let’s commit to embracing composting practices and championing sustainable waste management efforts, not only during this week but as an enduring commitment to the well-being of our planet.