Working towards zero food waste

After meeting our first food waste reduction goal six years ahead of schedule, we’re now targeting zero food waste by 2022.

Zero Food Waste Initiative

One big focus for Save-On-Foods is Food Waste. In 2017, we launched a formal effort to reduce Food Waste and measure our results — with a goal to cut food waste in half by 2025.

We achieved that goal in June of this year. Now, we have a new target of zero food waste in the next 3 years. In order to reach this, we are focused on eliminating all possible aspects of waste being sent to landfill.

Our company has adopted three approaches to our food recovery efforts:

  • Prevent surplus and potentially wasted food
  • Respond to food waste reduction performance
  • Divert to best and highest use

To make this possible, Save-On-Foods is collaborating with BC-based organizations FoodMesh and Loop Resource Program — which divert unsellable food to the local food bank and area farms. Food that previously would have been waste first goes to local food kitchens and food banks. Then, if it’s not suitable for human consumption, it is donated to local farms to be used as animal feed.

  • 500Kmeals provided to families in need in 2019

Our Mission

A commitment to conservation

Save-On-Foods has decades of commitment to addressing climate change through an evolving portfolio of key initiatives. Our customers raise important questions and bring forward local, provincial, national, and even global opportunities for our company to make a difference. We listen to them and take action. Save-On-Foods continues to do our part and ensure the ongoing reduction of carbon emissions from our operations.

  • Zero Waste

    Zero Waste

    We will work to reduce our operational waste year over year, to eliminate all possible aspects being sent to landfill.

  • Climate Change

    Climate Change

    We will contribute to combating climate change by working to ensure the ongoing reduction of carbon emission from our operations.


of food waste diverted to food banks and farms since February 2018.

Zero Waste

The leading edge of waste reduction for 30+ years

Our track record on sustainability is expansive. We view ourselves as a partner, open to testing and piloting better solutions that work for business, customers and the planet. For over three decades, we have been on the leading edge of waste reduction, from unique partnerships with our Stewardship Agencies to our proactive relationships on environmental stewardship boards across the country. We are committed to doing our part to take responsibility for what we generate.


powered a year at no annual cost.


  • 1Eliminate food waste by 2022.
  • 2Growing contributions to the circular economy: working collaboratively with local and provincial leadership to build greater connections to the circular economy that build economic independence and climate change impacts
  • 3Building stronger climate change response systems: Save-On-Foods will work with local and provincial organizations to build greater support and response systems as increased impacts of climate change affect communities across the country.

How we’re bringing our commitments to life

  • A leader in energy conservation

    Save-On-Foods has been a Power Smart Partner with BC Hydro since 2002, seeking out opportunities for energy savings throughout our operations.

  • Minimizing plastics

    We are dedicated to reducing use and minimizing waste of plastics in our stores.