Why and How to Measure Food Loss and Waste

Why and How to Measure Food Loss and Waste: A Practical Guide 2.0

This guide will walk you through seven steps for measuring food loss and waste (FLW) within your business, city, state, or country. Use our checklist to track your progress and easily access the most appropriate section.

The revised guide implements findings from focused testing with a diverse set of businesses and organizations across North America.

Important Documents

Case Studies

Previous work with the Food Supply Chain

Webinar: “Food Loss and Waste: Why and How it Matters To You?”

March 31, 2021
12:00 -1:30pm (EST)

Companies, countries, and other organizations are increasingly realizing the importance of reducing and preventing food loss and waste. In conjunction with the release of Version 2.0 of “Why and How to Measure Food Loss and Waste: A Practical Guide”, join us for a panel discussion on why this issue is more relevant than ever. Presenters from across the food supply chain in Canada, Mexico and the United States share their experiences in tackling food loss and waste and answer your questions.

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Measurement Checklist

Seven steps for measuring food loss and waste within your business, city, state, or country.

Sector-Specific Guidance

Methods

Diaries

Log the amount and type of food being lost or wasted, along with how and why the FLW was disposed of.

Direct Measurement

Includes a variety of methods in which FLW is directly counted, weighed or otherwise measured as it occurs.

Interviews/Surveys

A cost-effective way of gathering information about FLW quantities, causes, and attitudes from a wide array of individuals or entities.

Mass Balance

Estimates food loss and waste by subtracting the outputs from the inputs, with the difference being considered the amount of FLW.

Proxy Data

Use existing data, that is from a geography, company, facility, and/or time that is different than the data which is being quantified.

Records

Collections of data points that have already been gathered and saved.

Waste Composition Analysis

A process of physically separating, weighing, and categorizing waste.