Tools / Reports

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

Date of Release:
12/03/2021

Version 2.0 of the guide, which was developed in 2020, provides a number of improvements upon the initial release based on feedback and input from pilot testers, expert contributors, and other individuals and organizations consulted by the authors. These improvements were designed to make the guide more user-friendly and allow readers to more easily find the material most useful to them.

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Why and How to Measure Food Loss and Waste – Appendix A – Methods

Date of Release:
22/06/2021

This appendix contains brief descriptions of several FLW measurement methods, as well as additional resources for each.

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Why and How to Measure Food Loss and Waste – A Practical Guide

Date of Release:
08/03/2019

This guide was developed as part of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Operational Plan 2017-2018 and its Measuring and Mitigating Food Loss and Waste project. The goal of the project is to improve measurement of food loss and waste (FLW) across the North American supply chain and to calculate its environmental and socioeconomic impacts.

Photo credits, Cover, Marco Verch, Plate of Fresh Vegetables/Creative Commons 2.0.

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Quantifying Food Loss and Waste and Its Impacts – Technical Report

Date of Release:
07/03/2019

Developed with support and direction from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), this technical report is about quantifying food loss and waste (FLW) and food surplus in the context of Canada, Mexico and the United States. This work follows the outputs delivered under the CEC Operational Plan 2015–2016, which established the North American Initiative on Food Waste Reduction and Recovery as part of its green economy and climate change portfolios.

Photo credits, Cover, istock.com/PrathanChorruangsak

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Characterization and Management of Food Loss and Waste in North America – Foundational Report

Date of Release:
27/03/2018

As concern mounts regarding the issue of food loss and waste in North America, the CEC recognized the need for foundational research into food loss and waste volumes, sources, and environmental and socio-economic impacts.

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Characterization and Management of Food Loss and Waste in North America – White Paper

Date of Release:
27/03/2018

With close to 168 million tonnes of food lost and wasted in North America each year, the issue of food waste commands our urgent attention. The CEC White Paper for the Characterization and Management of Food Loss and Waste in North America addresses some of the most fundamental questions about food loss and waste in North America—including how much food is lost or wasted, why this problem occurs, and at what cost to the environment and economy.

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Characterization and Management of Organic Waste in North America – White Paper

Date of Release:
05/03/2018

Diverting organic waste away from landfills using sustainable management practices has quickly become a priority for North American policy-makers, industry stakeholders and the general public.

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Characterization and Management of Organic Waste in North America – Foundational Report

Date of Release:
05/03/2018

The Characterization and Management of Organic Waste in North America is a comprehensive report presenting a complete picture of organic waste diversion and processing in North America. Produced as part of the CEC’s North American Initiative on Organic Waste Diversion and Processing, the report focuses on specific types of organic waste—such as food, yard, paper and wood waste—in the residential and the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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