National Forums

Decision-making for Less FLW, Less Packaging Waste​​​​​

The intersection between food loss and waste and packaging waste can be confusing and solutions often come with challenges. COVID-19 has accentuated this dynamic, particularly through the correlation between food safety and plastic usage, which is leading to significant and unsustainable increases in single use plastics.

With the release of Less Food Loss and Waste, Less Packaging Waste, the National Zero Waste Council’s (NZWC) commissioned report lays to rest the confusion around what best choices to make – and presents a coherent pathway forward for industry and government.

This pathway, however, still brings with it questions around implementation.

This fall, the NZWC and project collaborators are hosting three national forums to help answer these questions. These virtual workshops will engage leaders in determining a series of practical next steps to help deliver on waste prevention in both food and packaging. Discussions will be tailored to specific geographic locales to facilitate decision making around five key areas of the report’s recommendations:

  1. FLW prevention — including optimizing the sale of loose/bulk vs. prepackaged
  2. Problematic and unnecessary packaging
  3. Improve recycling infrastructure
  4. Improve composting/anaerobic digestion (AD) infrastructure
  5. Accelerate development of new packaging materials and solutions

We look forward to working with you in the fall.



SPEAKERS: (speakers line-up may differ amongst the forums)


Western Canada

September 22, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT


Eastern Canada

October 7, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST



October 21, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

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