The average family in Guelph generates approximately 2.98 kg (6.5 lbs) in avoidable food waste per week. That’s enough food to provide an additional five adult meals a week, and monthly enough wasted money to pay a cell phone bill.
As part of our circular food economy initiative, Our Food Future, Guelph and Wellington are committed to helping residents reduce unnecessary food waste.
Currently, the only way for the city to gather data on the food waste going into green bins is through periodic manual surveys. These are labour intensive and only consider a small sample of what the city collects. To design effective programs, we need better, more consistent data to identify trends and measure change.
In fall 2020, the City of Guelph will be launching a Civic Accelerator challenge to find a solution to the following problem:
How might the City of Guelph consistently collect detailed data on avoidable food waste/loss or incorrect sorting in the organic waste collection stream (green bin) - that can be used to help households understand their own food waste and inform city-wide food waste reduction projects?
We are looking for a vendor partner that will work with Guelph Solid Waste Resources to design, prototype and test a solution. If a successful solution is identified, the city may initiate a procurement across the city’s organic waste collection fleet.
Protecting privacy for residents will be a central concern in the development of any new waste data collection solution.
Look for full details of this challenge to be posted both on Kitchen Table and on Guelph’s Bids and Tenders portal in the coming weeks.