Collection points are grocery stores and greengrocers in the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie neighbourhood in Montreal where we collect unsold food on a weekly basis. By giving their unsold and still edible food items, merchants allow them to have a second life. Some are transformed into fruit spreads that some merchants resell, while others are redistributed to local organizations. Important players in the food system, food stores are progressively opening up to the idea of adopting this way of doing things as well as expressing their desire to improve their practice.
After we have collected the food, we unload the truck and weight all the items. Meticulously collected, the data enables us to quantify the losses of each store and of each department in those stores. The data thus collected allows us to have a clear overview in real time of the waste avoided.
The data allows us to identify trends. This helps us better target our future interventions. It also serves to inform the community and our partners so that they can have a clear idea what kind of impact our actions have.
Sorting Unsold Food Items
When sorting the items, we put aside the fruits we want to transform, we put together what will be redistributed and we compost the spoiled food items.
In the end, only about 8 to 10 percent of everything collected is really non edible and is composted.
On Sunday afternoon, we reload the truck and we bring the items we don’t keep to the food bank we are associated with. By quickly redistributing the food items, we ensure that they are as fresh as possible so that the people who receive them have quality products to cook with.
It is more than 70% of the collected food that is being redistributed to our partners to help them in their work.
Organizations we distribute to
Important pillars of the community, the neighbourhood community organizations devote themselves to improving the daily lives of citizens in need; their goal is to eliminate inequalities. We are proud to collaborate with these local actors and to help build a more equitable and cooperative society that makes human beings its main priority.
Responsible Waste Management
Apart during the freezing season, the vast majority of our food waste is put in the composting bin available on premises at La Maisonnette des parents. The rest of the time, food waste is put in compost bins managed by the City of Montreal.
We carefully sort out all food packaging in order to properly recycle them.