Down With Food Waste – Canada

Let’s work together to keep food waste out of the landfill.

81% of all greenhouse gas emissions from the waste industry come from landfills. The average Canadian household produces about 79 kg (174 lbs) of food waste each year. You can help the environment by reducing the amount of food waste sent to landfills and slowing the impact of climate change.

Source: Greenhouse gas sources and sinks in Canada: executive summary 2022

Garburators® can help keep odors, pests and bacteria out of your kitchen.

No matter how clean your kitchen is, food waste discarded in the trash creates foul odors and attracts pests. Your trashcan is also a major magnet for salmonella and E. coli — household germs that feed on the food waste in your trash. Using a garbage disposal helps reduce food waste in your trash, unpleasant odors, and bacteria.

"Occurrence of drug resistant bacteria in household waste samples" - Stamford Journal of Microbiology, 2019

Garburators® work hand‑in‑hand with your green bin program.

Green bin programs prevent food waste from reaching landfills, reduce harmful methane emissions and leachate, and create high-quality compost. Using a garbage disposal in conjunction with your green bin helps divert the maximum amount of food waste from landfills — benefitting your community and slowing the acceleration of climate change. Wastewater treatment plants are capable of converting disposal waste into renewable energy and beneficial fertilizer.

Here’s how a garbage disposal reduces global warming by sending food waste to your local wastewater treatment plant.

No matter where you live, using a garbage disposal in conjunction with wastewater treatment will lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) by at least 50%.

Source: PE Americas, Life Cycle Assessment, 2011

The disposal grinds food waste into fine particles.

InSinkErator® garbage disposals are designed to grind most types of food waste. The fine particles flow downstream to a wastewater treatment facility. Prior to treatment, foodwaste is 60-95% water1. After treatment, about 7% of food waste remains as biosolids2.

1“Characterization of typical household food wastes from disposers: Fractionation of constituents and implications for resource recovery at wastewater treatment” - Bioresource Technology 183, 2015
2PE Americas, Life Cycle Assessment, 2011

 
Many smaller Canadian municipalities utilize standard wastewater treatment plants.

Food waste undergoes wastewater treatment before being discharged back into the environment. The remaining biosolids can be used as fertilizer.

Lowers GWP by at least 50%

Most larger metropolitan cities utilize advanced wastewater treatment.

Anaerobic digesters heat and mix solids without oxygen. Bacteria creates methane which is captured and converted to heat and power. The remaining biosolids can be used as fertilizer.

Lowers GWP by at least 90%

The disposal grinds food waste into fine particles.

InSinkErator® garbage disposals are designed to grind most types of food waste. The fine particles flow downstream to a wastewater treatment facility. Prior to treatment, foodwaste is 60-95% water1. After treatment, about 7% of food waste remains as biosolids2.

1“Characterization of typical household food wastes from disposers: Fractionation of constituents and implications for resource recovery at wastewater treatment” - Bioresource Technology 183, 2015
2PE Americas, Life Cycle Assessment, 2011

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Many smaller Canadian municipalities utilize standard wastewater treatment plants.

Food waste undergoes wastewater treatment before being discharged back into the environment. The remaining biosolids can be used as fertilizer.

Lowers GWP by at least 50%

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Most larger metropolitan cities utilize advanced wastewater treatment.

Anaerobic digesters heat and mix solids without oxygen. Bacteria creates methane which is captured and converted to heat and power. The remaining biosolids can be used as fertilizer.

Lowers GWP by at least 90%

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A convenient, hygienic solution.

Some organic food waste will create odours, attract pests and become a fertile ground for harmful bacteria. An InSinkErator® garbage disposal is perfect for processing food waste like: meat & fish, cheese & dairy, bones, bread & pasta.

Help your community manage food waste with an InSinkErator garbage disposal.

The perfect addition to your kitchen, we offer a garbage disposal for every household and budget.

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Ways you can reduce household food waste.

Shop responsibly.

Resist the temptation to hoard groceries, especially fresh foods that can spoil. Choose shelf-stable foods like canned goods, pastas, rice and legumes.

Shop responsibly.

Plan meals and save leftovers.

Check expiration dates to use foods before they go bad. Plan meals that build on one another and provide leftovers for lunches and second meals.

Plan meals and save leftovers.

Use your garbage disposal more frequently.

With even moderate use, garbage disposals are proven to reduce the amount of food waste in your trash by up to 30%.

Use your garbage disposal more frequently.

Try composting.

Home composting can turn your food scraps and leftovers into fertile soil that boosts the productivity of gardens and landscapes.

Try composting.

Using a Garburator® is easy!

Never put fats, oils, or grease into a garbage disposal.

  • Run a steady stream of cold water into the sink before turning on the garbage disposal.

  • Turn on the disposal before placing any food waste into it.

  • Gradually feed food waste into the disposal.

  • Avoid putting large amounts of food waste all at once as this may slow the grinding process.

  • Once the food waste has been broken down, turn the disposal off and let water run for a few seconds to flush the drain pipe.