Include circularity in municipal waste systems to drive innovation along the food value chain
How could we make better use of food “waste”? We’ll work with local partners to identify opportunities for synergies to divert as much organic material from landfill as possible. To facilitate that process, we’ll establish a Value Stream Mapping lab. Here, stakeholders can come together to pinpoint where we can reduce food loss and waste at each stage of the food value chain, from raw inputs to the final consumer, and design opportunities for appropriate reuse.
We’re also planning to equip municipal waste collection trucks with advanced sensors and AI technology to audit organic waste on a household-by-household level. The resulting data could be used to generate customized reports that homeowners receive on their smartphones, outlining their waste patterns and providing practical suggestions on how to reduce their avoidable waste, costs and carbon footprint. Meanwhile, aggregating the data will allow us to design targeted waste-reduction interventions for particular neighbourhoods.
Finally, we’ll create a public dashboard that offers up-to-date stats on the levels of avoidable food waste in the community, the percentage of organics contaminating other waste streams and our progress toward reduction targets.