New Publication: “Reduce Food Waste, Save Money”: Testing a Novel Intervention to Reduce Household Food Waste
The paper “Reduce Food Waste, Save Money”: Testing a Novel Intervention to Reduce Household Food Waste” has been published in the journal Environment & Behavior. This paper is the culmination of Dr. Paul van der Werf’s PhD household food waste research and was strongly supported by Brescia College biostatistician Dr. Jamie Seabrook and supervisor Dr. Jason Gilliland.
The results from the study show that a simple intervention reminding people about the annual amount of avoidable food they waste ($600/year) along with some simple food waste reduction tips resulted in a statistically significant 30% reduction in food waste disposal in treatment versus control households. This intervention was developed so that it can easily be adapted by other municipalities.
The authors acknowledge Mr. Jay Stanford, Director, Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste, City of London, Ontario, Canada for assistance in distributing this survey and supplying the table of contents graphic; and Mr. Martin Zivack and Ms. Angela Piaskoski for research assistance.
Keywords: household food waste, intervention, waste characterization, theory of planned behavior, avoidable food waste