It is estimated that over 18,000 tonnes of food waste from the region is sent to composting facilities each year and, according to our 2016 Solid Waste Stream Composition Study, avoidable food waste such as wilted lettuce, stale bread and meat leftovers, make up about 10% of the overall waste going to Hartland Landfill.

There are steps we can take to reduce food waste in our region:

Love Food Hate Waste Canada

With prices on the rise in the capital region, many are feeling the pinch. Grocery shopping is one part of our day-to-day life where there are plenty of opportunities for savings–and there’s an added bonus to shopping smarter: less food waste!

The average Canadian household wastes 140kg of food per year, adding up to roughly $1,300. Reducing food waste not only saves you money at the grocery store, it also reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and saves vital airspace at Hartland Landfill. 

5 Ways With Commonly Wasted Foods

We often waste food because we don’t know what to do with it. 5 Ways With Commonly Wasted Foods gives you creative solutions to prevent food waste with these foods:

For more tips on how to reduce food waste check out Love Food Hate Waste Canada.

Kitchen Scraps Composting

Kitchen scraps are a valuable resource.

By separating them for composting, kitchen scraps can be turned into a valuable soil amendment. Composted kitchen scraps contain nutrients and minerals essential for healthy plant development. They also encourage healthy soil ecosystems through the addition of micro-organisms. These organisms can help reduce garden pests and encourage beneficial insects, which can reduce or eliminate pesticide use.

Collection Programs

Single Family Homes

Residential garbage, kitchen scraps and yard/garden material services are provided through a combination of municipal programs and private services. Read more >>

Multi-family Buildings

In addition to garbage and recycling, kitchen scraps collection services are also supplied by the private sector. If you have concerns about the services offered in your building please contact your building manager.

Commercial Buildings

As with multi-family buildings, waste collection services for commercial buildings is supplied by the private sector. If you are business located within a commercial building, we recommend connecting with the building manager regarding waste generation and service needs.


Hartland Kitchen Scraps Transfer Station

The CRD provides transfer and processing services for kitchen scraps collectors in the region. This allows for efficient transport of material to processing facilities while work towards long term strategies are explored.

Source separated kitchen scraps are accepted in two designated areas at Hartland:

  • Totes for small, residential quantities are located in the public drop off area.
  • Large collection vehicles are directed to the kitchen scraps transfer station.

Please visit the general public scale to weigh in and receive direction.

The rate is $140/tonne with a $10 minimum charge. 

Kitchen Scraps Landfill Ban

In January 2015 a landfill ban on kitchen scraps (food waste and soiled paper products) was implemented.