Food waste: How much food do supermarkets throw away? (CBC Marketplace)

100 thoughts on “Food waste: How much food do supermarkets throw away? (CBC Marketplace)

  1. I can’t believe u just did that!!! I though that the whole point was that the food was good enough to still be eaten

  2. Part of what is not being told, is WHY some of that food is being dumped. I worked in a supermarket, in New Zealand.

    When unwrapped fruit and vege fell on the shop floor, we often had to dump it, as it may become bruised or contaminated. Potatoes, apples, tomatoes, peppers, onions could be taken from bags, inspected for damage, and good ones put into loose bins. Peelable fruit like citrus could go back on the shelf.
    Often meat, dairy, salad, deli products were dumped because it was left around the store by customers, and we couldn't know how long it had been out of the chiller, so we were aren't permitted to sell it. Same with ice cream!

    Unsealed bakery products had to be dumped, as you don't know if someone with dirty/ germy hands had touched the baked goods.

    Dry goods may have been exposed to wet, and sometimes we found leaking juice, milk or cleaner products put on top of food items. If there was any 'dampness' mark on the drygoods packet, it had to go out as we couldn't know if the product had been contaminated.

    NO excuse for canned or bottled goods to be dumped, other than expiration date, so we would rinse those and put back onto shelves, donate to food banks, or use in the deli.
    Dumped unsafe foodwaste was always sent to pigfarms.

  3. im single and on a fixed income.i can not afford to waste food.i try to freeze it before going bad but if i dont there is not much that goes into my compost .i would suspect it would be a few years before before i got any soil out of my compost. i just hate waste. plus i was born in the 50s and we couldnt afford waste. England btw.

  4. And on top of this its illegal in the us in many cities to scavange anything from the trash. Apparently being poor and especially, hungry, is a crime.

  5. There was one time that I didn't want an item that was in my shopping cart, when I went to pay. I was told that if I didn't want the product they would have to throw it out, because they didn't know how long it was sitting in my buggy for. I said really? I wanted to speak to the manager, which I was able to. I told them you guys are telling me that if I don't want this product you have to throw it out? The manager told me it is policy as we don't know how long it has been in your shopping cart for, as this can make the person sick possibly. I said fine whatever I will just buy it. I ended up giving it to the food bank, which they were gladly to take off my hands and give to someone who needed it. I don't understand why walmart and all these grocery stores do not just donate the stuff to the food bank. There are so many Canadians who don't even get a meal each day and have to struggle to find it.

  6. I used to do customer service at Wal-Mart if you return food we have to throw it out since it could have been tempered with . and they used to donate it to shelters and people in need but if that person were to get sick from the food they could sue Wal-Mart for it. I don't agree wish we didn't waste so much but that's why they do it .

  7. Jesus! What a waste! They could feed hundreds of people. One simple solution = “Olio” app. Or at least let people have access to those bins so they can help themselves.

  8. You are ruining it for the homeless and the freegans with this investigative coverage. People will starve as a result!

  9. Supermarkets are selling a product.
    As a customer I want %100 guarantee that I'm getting most of what i pay for.
    Super markets have to be fussy otherwise they get slammed for health reasons.
    Should they be wasting it?
    Probably not.
    But at the end of they they have to decide what's best for the customer

  10. The situation is exactly the same right across the food service industry , from corporate fine dining for execs at the office to the staff canteen, and of course even when you are the one that has cooked all this fine expensive foods, you are not allowed to keep the waste or take away to eat later…Marks and Spencers are the only large food supplier that has zero waste policy and anything not sold is returned and distrubuted to food banks etc or composted…

  11. This makes me so mad being Syrian personally very blessed but i know a alot of people who aren't i couldn't finish this vid Im livid…

  12. To be frank, IDK about Walmart, but at most places, there's a reason food goes to disposal. I'm guessing that Walmart is throwing out products that they no longer decide to carry. Anything returned that is refrigerated is likely thrown out as the store can't guarantee food safety. 3 days is a little early for salads, but no one is going to buy a large salad with only 2 days left of shelf life. Oranges are thrown out when there is a bad one in the bag. Sometimes you get bad batches. There is a size difference between bagged oranges and bulk oranges, and most customers won't buy small when mixed in with the bulk. They could juice oranges (which isn't very profitable, requires sanitary preparation) or donate them. A donation scheme would cut back on a lot, but perhaps the Canadian government doesn't give incentives the way American donations do. Either way, Walmart decided that the benefits of donating (and perhaps liability) outweigh the additional costs for storage, sorting, and scanning out the donation. Those green bins you looked at 2:42 were compost bins (bad journalism). Corn looked fine, but it does get white mold or smashed up and turns white. A blueberry pint gets tossed if there's a cluster of moldy ones at the bottom, or dropped and half spill all over the floor. Dumpster diving for "food that is still good to eat" is a bad idea. Anything that should be refrigerated that is left out of refrigeration for 4+ hours is a food safety risk, period. Most of the time people's digestive system (and immune system) is good enough to handle it, but it's still a risk. It helps that we take steps such as pasteurizing and and cooking foods, which reduce risk, but it's still a risk and by no means good practice to eat unrefrigerated foods, much less sell it to customers that may not be able to refrigerate it right away. They also throw out (or ship back) food safety recalls. Food waste is ideally under 10% for produce, perhaps closer to 5% if the manager is ordering really well.

  13. Nobel. I have talked to employees and seen more the a half of bakery cooked and baked inventory with more then 1/2 shelf life bakery items thrown out daily at local chain bakeries because of cooperate policy. Wasteful and disturbing. Out side the doors people beg for food and change for life needs. HORRIBLE

  14. I live here in sauth Texas n wall Mart does donate their food to pantris I have got some n it is good I have got bread tortillas nso n I'm thankful for that because I'm not able to work cause I have problem with my knees n sometimes I didn't have in of money for groceties

  15. give about-to-expire food to poor people or food bank can cause legal dispute and the cost could be much higher than just throw-them-away. Under current political correct priority atmosphere, give these kind food to poor can be considered as discrimination. So don’t blame Walmart, blame the system.

  16. They could sell those foods at a deep discount to customers, and let people who run homeless shelters have it for free, this is a miscarriage of Justice for those who are starving or hungry, smh🤔

  17. I took back some cans of beans ( i bought the wrong kind) ITS CANNED FOOD and i was told they throw them away. !!!!

  18. With all the homeless still begging for food, I would think that these big box food marts would open up a food pantry for those in need.

  19. Its sad…. we treat those with nothing like they're nothing. We have more than enough… and we are cruel to each other

  20. I 100% am disgusted by this food waste, but also consider sometimes with perishable items at least, customers will sometimes leave those items in a cart or somewhere outside of the refrigerator. I’d much rather the store toss it out then end up buying the frozen food or dairy that thawed or got too warm that they then put back to prevent waste. That could get people very sick. Also some of those items could have been recalled, exposed to chemicals/contamination ect. We don’t really know in every case. Overall though I definitely find this kind of waste disgusting! The items that don’t fall into those categories should absolutely be donated.

  21. And if you buy your food at these places you’re paying for all that waste—-it’s added to the price of what you buy

  22. Because of the developed countries of the governments of the world giving to much taxes breaks to those Corporations.They don’t care how much they wasted in throwing out in eatable foods and useable products for decades.

  23. A lot of times it's an insurance thing if the people could get sick from eating it and they could get sued. Half the food produced in the United States ends up in a landfill. So why is there so many starving people

  24. please send this food to children in INDIA….KHARMA will punish us for all the waste in this country…. and we say we don't have enough food because we are too many people??????? WE ALL SHOULD BE ASHAME OF THIS

  25. They put locks on dumpsters in my country so people can't do this……………..Not fair but that is what happens.

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  27. Walmart would rather bin the food than give it to hungry people.
    PEAK CAPITALISM right here.
    And it will remain like this for a lot of time until people decide to not be sheeps anymore.

  28. I only eat what I have untill it's all gone and then I go purchase more once it empty . Yes Canadian wast a lot and it's need to change

  29. Why can’t they put a fridge out side of the store and put the food in there so the public can take it it’s so sad when lots of people are hungry

  30. This food waste isn't about "food waste", it's about capitalism. If multi-national/global corporations start giving away food for free, the whole capitalist model goes under scrutiny and the people at the top, making billions, fear the repercussions.

  31. I mean its Walmart. They are only in it for the Profit. Nothing Else. If they cant sell the food, No one will have it. Unless Government can step in and Say it needs to Stop wasting the food and said it to Food banks and Shelters or You Need to Shut your Doors.

  32. Grocery stores throw this food out because people are too picky when they buy it. If a bag of potatoes has a bad potato, the store should put it in the discount rack not in the trash.

  33. Thank god we don't waste food in The Netherlands. When i go to store there is always food that's good for 1 day before it gets expired. Ofcourse you get 50% discount. If it's expires the same day then its either 75% discount given or buy 2 and pay for 1.
    America has a lot of homeless & poor people. Why not give the food 100% discount (sell it for free) instead of throwing it away ?

  34. You see, whilst I don't condone this shocking waste when it could go to feed the homeless and/or poor; there is one aspect where one could sympathise with supermarkets; and that is that often shoppers will change their minds about a fridge or freezer product that they've put into their trolley. Later on, they often discard this product anywhere, which may perhaps have been discarded in a fridge or freezer at the store, but more often than not is placed elsewhere. The store doesn't know how long such products have been out of the freezer, or fridge, and so they have to throw it away. However, they could put these products on a shelf at a greatly reduced price, with a warning to shoppers of how they came to be so greatly reduced in price.

  35. This should be a story about how to actually make changes for the better in the world.
    You do not put on mask wear all black and punch people.

  36. I personally actually quit my job at a supermarket because of this. I worked on the fresh produce department, and the amount I had to throw out daily was insane. on a saturday night, food that would expire on sunday would also have to be thrown out due to the store being closed. 9/10 products would still be perfectly fine to eat even after that date. but instead of donating the food to a charity (they even pick it up here if you have large amounts like we had!) they would just tell me to write em off, toss em in a crate and then at the end of the night toss the crate in the bin. it's absolutely insane how much food is thrown out just cus there's a day written on it.

  37. I think that they get more money for writing it off when they throw it away than they do for donating. At least in the U.S. Shameful.

  38. Give to shelter …individual becomes ill… lawsuit. More food wasted by individuals at home than commercial vendors. Some stores do have a draw system with farmers for waste to feed to livestock . More choice consumers have the more waste will occur.

  39. It is not that simple. The thing is what if people who ate that food got sick? You do not expect the supermarket to take this responsibility right? To be honest the quality of the abandoned food is at leat not good and there is a high risk to people’s health.

  40. Wal Mart will not let you access the dumpsters. Alll markets waste and get tax deductions for waste. Sas. They should donate to food banks.

  41. "You don't have my video to videotape me", doesn't blur out the face and shows his full name on the wall that works at that Walmart…Congratulations CBC you have a chance of losing a case.

  42. Just a typical Walmart cop out by Alex Roberton. I'm not shopping there anymore and am encouraging everyone I know to do the same.

  43. My fridge is always empty nothing not a single thing i waste bcz food is very expensive and lots of people can't eat food bcz of the r poor…dont waste guys …i wish in my country walmart they throw food i would have collect them and eat them..my money will save so much on food

  44. Imagine all of the energy that goes into growing a single grain in a season. Add the energy used to ship, package and stock it to sell it. Then another surge of energy for hauling it away to a garbage.

  45. This makes me angry. I get subsidized food and I don't waste a penny of it. Even scraps of bread end up in a bread pudding. i even use the juices from condiments and canned goods to make soups more flavorful. Now, I don't feel sorry for people when they end up homeless, because if they live like this, they could have saved enough money to survive tough times.

  46. Here shared some community fridge videos,

    We may get ideas to reduce waste and to make strong community through sharing..

    May Almighty bless all us.

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  47. I actually liked CBC until they started throwing away food in that green bin. They are so hypocritical, trying to point out other people throwing away food and then they do it themselves. For all they know some of those people rarely wasted food.

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