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Walmart Foundation announces new grants available for Canadian organizations focused on reducing food waste

The Walmart Foundation has announced that it is making $1.87 million CAD ($1.5 million USD) available to fund proposals from eligible non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada. The Walmart Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing, and implementing food waste reduction efforts. Requests between $250,000 and $1,000,000 (USD) will be considered. 

The announcement builds on the retailer's commitment to reduce waste in its own operations and achieve zero waste in key markets, including Canada, by 2025. According to Walmart's Global Responsibility Report, the retailer has diverted 77% of waste from unsold food, other unsold products, and materials from landfill through a variety of initiatives including food donations, repurposing products, and composting.  In Canada, Walmart diverts 81 per cent of its operational waste through programs which divert more than a dozen waste streams from landfill.

"Reducing food waste benefits communities by sending less food to landfills, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the resources required to meet food demand, and enhancing food security," said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and president of the Walmart Foundation. "Canadian organizations are doing tremendous work in this arena, and we are excited to provide additional support. Our goal is to fund innovation in communities, and help the best projects expand. Ultimately, we hope these grants, combined with our efforts to reduce food waste in our own stores and strengthen the charitable meal system, will make a meaningful contribution to reducing food waste in Canada."

Food waste is an urgent global issue, with substantial repercussions in terms of both food security and the environment. The United Nations Environment Programme reports that roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted.  In Canada, the cost of food waste was identified as $31 billion in 2014, according to a report from Value Chain Management International, up 15 per cent from 2010.

About the Grants

This funding seeks to support promising programs that have the potential to significantly reduce food waste and loss - with the ultimate goals of preventing loss, maximizing donations of usable food, and minimizing food waste that ends up in landfills.  Applications will be considered in three areas:

Addressing food loss and waste from farm to consumer, such as increasing knowledge of the causes of food loss on farms or during processing;
Building capacity in the charitable food system, such as increasing the ability to recover and distribute food to people in need, specifically in rural areas and for under-served populations; And optimizing and/or developing organic recycling solutions, such as advancing innovations and programs that improve organic recycling
Walmart's Food Waste EffortsWalmart is working to achieve zero waste across its operations in key markets - including Canada - by 2025. Walmart Canada's commitment to reducing food waste includes selling food that is nearing its best before date at a discounted price as part of a Customer Value Program. The retailer has also donated more than five million pounds of food to food banks across the country through a comprehensive food diversion program which pairs Walmart Canada stores with a local food bank and ensures good food is donated to those who need it most, aligning with Walmart's commitment to provide 4 billion meals globally. Today, 244 of Walmart Canada's stores send organic waste for composting or anaerobic digestion so it doesn't end up in municipal landfill. Walmart also continues to work with suppliers to improve packaging and food handling processes to maintain quality and freshness

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​Green Recycling first in UK to invest in Max-AI robotic sorting technology

​Green Recycling first in UK to invest in Max-AI robotic sorting technology

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Keestrack introduces it's new R5e hybrid impact crusher unit

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Building on the Model Compost Rule Template

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Consider these facts. There are more than 4,700 facilities composting organics in the U.S., as per the "2017 State of Organics Recycling in the U.S." report released this fall by BioCycle magazine. There are 3,007 counties in the United States, most of which are required to update solid waste management plans on a regular basis. More than half of all U.S. states are in the market for a regulatory update and many of the rest are in the process of updating outdated regulations. That's a lot of regulatory and legislative action on the horizon for the compost manufacturing industry. 

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Martin Weissburg appointed President of Mack Trucks

Martin Weissburg appointed President of Mack Trucks

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Breaking down the factors behind scrap glass prices

Machinex’s Pierre-André Mongeon at the Quebec City glass recycling facility.

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Harvest Quest inoculants Key to Charleston County’s rise to compost industry leader

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​Daimler Trucks North America Announces Changes in Senior Management

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GreenMantra Technologies Launches New Website

GreenMantra Technologies Launches New Website

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Jeff Barber, yard waste and landfill manager for the Rapid City Solid Waste Division, with their recently acquired 6800BT horizontal grinder.

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Stefan Kaiser, Manager of the Recycling Division at Vecoplan AG.

Mr. Kaiser, what is the importance of the recycling economy for Vecoplan?
Stefan Kaiser: The recycling economy is one of the greatest challenges of the future. It will help to improve the overall image of the plastics industry - from the producer and processor to the recycler. We must learn to appreciate that we need to deal with plastics more sustainably. The recycling economy is important for Vecoplan, as a major part of our business lies in recycling and waste handling. We have been trying for a long time to put valuable raw materials back into circulation. 

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STEINERT's KSS multi-sensor system: a flexible combination sorting solution for electronic waste (WEEE)

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