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

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

>>This is “Marketplace”. Dumpster diving.>>Okay, this will disgust some people, but –>>What your supermarket doesn’t want you to see.>>This is a whole lot of food.>>Canadians trash 31 billion dollars worth of food a year from big box stores, to your shopping cart.>>I’m just going to throw it out for you in advance.>>No, no, no.>>Why is seemingly good food been thrown out in the garbage?>>This is your “Marketplace”.>>We’re gearing up, tackling a global problem. You know, I usually don’t have to wear this to go grocery shopping.>>There is a first time for everything.>>Okay, let’s give it a go.>>Taking you behind one of the largest grocery chains in the country.>>Okay, we got a lot of bins there.>>See what’s inside.>>In Canada alone we throw out $31 billion worth of food each year. We’re investigating how much of that ends up trashed behind big stores like Wal-Mart. Parmasan cheese, this is four months to go. Four months till its best before date. All right, best before date, salad, still three days from now. At this store just outside Toronto, we find 12 bins full of food. And most of it still looks good to eat.>>David, take a look at this. Packaged cauliflower. Not even past the best before date.>>This is just one visit. So is this unusual? Or the norm?>>David, these dark sweet cherries, they’re frozen, check out the best before date, March 23rd, 2018.>>So it’s almost two more years it could still be on the shelves. So I’ve pulled this celery out of a package. Give you an idea of how bad it is. Listen. Like that’s, when it makes that sound — >>It’s crunchy.>>We visit this Wal-Mart over a dozen times. Day after day, we find everything from produce to baked goods, dairy products. Even frozen foods. Not even in the compost. Just straight into the garbage. Why is so much seemingly good food going to waste? Maybe Wal-Mart has a good explanation. Time to reach out and ask them. While we wait for their response, I’m heading to Edmonton, Alberta. You’re saying the truck comes every day to empty these?>>Every day.>>To meet up with a former Wal-Mart manager. He is going public because he doesn’t agree with Walmart’s food waste policies.>>How much food are you throwing out in a given shift then?>>I would say at a daily average, a shopping cart goes to waste.>>A shopping cart worth of food.>>Yeah.>>Ali Zain Mevawala worked at this location for almost a year. What were you thinking when you were throwing away a grocery cart full of food on a shift?>>Um, I really felt bad because I know a lot of people in the city or in this country, even in this whole world, they don’t even get to eat proper food.>>What happens to an apple or a vegetable that is a bit bruised?>>I have to throw it.>>And that was a policy that you understood when you worked at this Wal-Mart?>>That’s correct.>>Ali Zain is not alone. We talk to Wal-Mart insiders from across the country who say throwing out shopping carts of food is common practice. To see if that’s true, we’re checking out another Wal-Mart store. All right, here’s some bins. Yeah, here we go.>>Packaged produce. This is fresh corn on the cob. There is nothing wrong with it.>>Lots of good food here, too. Okay, this will disgust some people, but — this is still good.>>Oh, I can’t believe you did that!>>Still good. In Canada, we waste billions of dollars worth of food every year. What goes through your mind when you hear that? Billions of dollars.>>That is a lot, a lot of money, and a lot of food. I’m from Pakistan. There is a lot of people that don’t have enough food to eat. So I guess we’re lucky that we’re having so much food here and we’re wasting it.>>After several E-mails and phone calls to Wal-Mart, they still won’t talk on camera. But after we tell them what we found in their trash bins? They do take some action. Check out what they have done. At the stores where we told them about all that food waste, well, those bins, they are now behind lock and key. We did get a message from Wal-Mart and they said the food we found was unsafe for consumption and add that they’re working to reduce how much is thrown out. They tell us these bins are typically locked to prevent access to product that’s unsafe. But then, why weren’t they locked up when we were here before? So, what’s happening at other retailers? Well, we just don’t know because they have got these sealed compactors and we can’t see inside. We’re starting to get a sense of the problem here in Canada. But it’s even bigger in the U.S. with 70 billion pounds of food wasted each year. So I’m travelling to Orlando, Florida to meet up with a guy who is doing something about it. Meet activist Rob Greenfield. I got my go-pro camera here so that we can get a look inside that dumpster if we have to climb in. He is passionate about not wasting. And has become an expert dumpster diver. Today we’re tagging along to find out how much good food we can find behind various grocery stores.>>Oh, that looks like a whole entire box full of food there. There is natural white cheddar cheese. I think we are just maybe hitting the tip of the iceberg here. It looks like there might be quite a bit.>>Rob’s visited about 2,000 grocery stores across the U.S., collecting food that’s still good to eat.>>This is a whole bag of salads.>>Still cool.>>Flowers. I don’t know if we need the flowers.>>I don’t know. My anniversary’s coming up. That might not work out. We have just started and already collected enough to make a meal.>>All right, put it in the van. You are diving into dumpsters. It sounds a little extreme.>>Yes. What I do is actually quite extreme. We’ve got quite a bit of food in here.>>Nearly 1.3 billion tonnes of food is trashed worldwide each year.>>These bags, a lot of time they’ll be one bad potato in a five or ten pound bag, so they throw away the whole thing. It’s being wasted from the farms to the distribution centres, to the grocery stores, restaurants, catering programs, to the individuals at home, it is being wasted everywhere, and so the entire system of food and the amount of food being wasted is a complete fiasco.>>Now, on a very hot day, time for a taste test. This is basically still good. Still fine.>>Yeah. All right, well it is right now about 80,000° so that feels pretty good. We decide to check out Wal-Mart to see if they are wasting food here in the U.S. too.>>That is a whole lot of food.>>Yeah, boy, is it ever. There is eggs and apples and cantaloupe and bagels and everything’s loose. But we can’t go any further. The bins, they are locked. This seasoned dumpster diver has seen it all. So when we show him what we found at some Wal-Mart stores in Canada? What do you think of what we found?>>It’s crazy amount of perfectly good food. And it’s amazing because I watch that and I’m blown away, because that could have been in a shopping cart or in someone’s pantry. It’s absolutely wrong. I don’t think in any advanced society there should be people that are hungry while there is food that was still good that’s going to waste. One box.>>After six hours of dumpster diving in Orlando, our van is full of food. And Rob wants to show it off, to prove a point. Okay, so should we start with fruits?>>Let’s, yeah, let’s make the melon the centre.>>With the help of Rob’s friends we’re putting together a large food waste display.>>What’s next? Candy. Mmm, that stuff looks good.>>Okay, we laid it all out. Now what?>>Now, this food is for the taking. Anybody who walks by and is interested and wants to get talking can take it home with them.>>Rob says grocery stores should donate good food to those who need it, food banks or shelters. But we’re told that would cost more money. It’s cheaper just to throw it away. It sounds like it’s one extra step. It is a bit more difficult for grocery store to do that.>>It is.>>Rather than to throw it in the garbage.>>It is. It’s one extra step. It takes a little bit more effort. But I believe that in an advanced society like the United States or Canada, that if there is people in need that we should take that extra step and help them.>>You got it. Nice catch. With hundreds of millions of people going hungry each year, it is easy to see how much of a difference that extra step would make.>>We just have so many hungry people, and it’s just ridiculous to see all this food that’s wasted.>>After weeks of sending E-mails and making phone calls to Wal-Mart, we still don’t really have the answers that we need. So there’s really only one thing left for us to do. With video footage in hand, we’re going to the store. You can’t afford to miss this. Get more “Marketplace”. Sign up for our weekly newsletter at>>Taking on food waste. This is your “Marketplace”.>>After months of research, and more than a dozen separate dives into Wal-Mart’s waste, we’ve found it all. Yogurt, poultry, baked goods, frozen dinners, even juices.>>The best before date is almost two months away. And it’s sealed.>>Perfectly edible food. All of it. Trashed. We’ve asked Wal-Mart several times to talk to us on camera, but they say no. So now, we’re going into the store where we found all that good food to get some answers. Surely, the store manager can explain. Hello, how are you?>>I’m good. How are you?>>I’m David with CBC “Marketplace”. We’re here because several times, in fact, more than a dozen times, we’ve actually gone to the bins behind this store and we’ve found good food in those bins. Why is seemingly good food being thrown out in the garbage?>>So I’m going to call my office, if you could just give me a few minutes.>>But you’re the store manager here.>>Yes. So we do have a reduce program that we use and our food goes to the waste program. So I’ll just be a couple minutes and I’ll be right back.>>Sebastian Vella says he needs to call head office. So we wait. And wait. Finally he comes back. We just don’t understand why there is food that seems like it’s still good for sale, that’s before its best before date, that looks like it’s okay. I mean, some of it is water. How does water ever go bad?>>Right, so I do have their number at the office and they can help you out with that.>>And what about those bins that are now locked up behind the store? When we first started looking it wasn’t locked up and then after we let Wal-Mart head office know we, what we’d found, it was suddenly locked up.>>Right, so like I said, I don’t have any answers for you. I’m not the right person.>>Okay. You don’t have any answers. Thank you for your time.>>And you don’t have my approval to tape me.>>No answers inside the store. So outside, we’re putting together our own food waste display. Showing shoppers what we found behind their Wal-Mart. Attention Wal-Mart shoppers, would you like to see how much food is being thrown out in this one store?>>I think it’s terrible. Why aren’t they giving it to shelters or to people that are begging for food on the street and will work for food? It’s disgusting.>>A woman’s shelter, whatever. I think it’s terrible.>>Well, it is unnecessary, absolutely.>>We tried to get Wal-Mart now to answer the question about why. And they didn’t answer us. When you don’t get answers, what do you make of that?>>Well, if I was asking that question and I wasn’t being answered, I would think that they don’t care. And I feel almost bad having come out of there.>>This is Alex.>>Hi, Alex. This is David Common with CBC “Marketplace”, calling. So after months and months of trying to get an on camera interview –>>One-third of all food…>>CBC investigation has discovered –>>It’s only after our story hits the news that Wal-Mart agree. So I came to Vancouver to meet with Alex Roberton, senior director of corporate affairs. We found quite a bit of food waste over many days behind many Wal-Marts. Is this something Wal-Mart wants to change?>>Absolutely, absolutely, yeah. We want zero good food going into landfill. We want zero good food going to waste. We want to donate as much as we can. We want to sell as much as we can.>>Are you going to take steps to make sure that happens?>>We are. Over the past 12 months, we’ve really been ramping up our efforts to address food waste.>>What I don’t understand is how you could have so many bins out the back of multiple stores, day after day after day, that are full of seemingly good food. You can’t have that much returned.>>For sure, there is mistakes that are being made and that’s one of the things we need to do is tighten up the execution of our instore processes so that the food going into the bins, we need to be more certain that that is food that needs to be thrown out.>>You get that food waste is a problem, and you’re a part of that problem.>>Exactly, yeah. I think we feel that we’re on the right track. We have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be.>>Can we come back and check in with you?>>Absolutely, I wish you would, yeah.>>In Canada, we leave it up to supermarkets like Wal-Mart to police their own food waste. But other countries have taken action. France recently banned food waste. Requiring supermarkets to give it to local charities and shelters. Italy offers a tax break to grocers who do that. Some U.S. states have also taken action. What’s Canada gonna do? Well, we’re going to ask the federal minister of agriculture. Morning, minister, David with CBC “Marketplace”. Good to meet you.>>Good to say hello.>>Currently, there is no policy to address food waste in Canada but Lawrence MacCauley says that could change. Other countries have already adopted food policies, particularly around food waste. Why has Canada not done something like that yet?>>We think it’s important to do, it was in my mandate and we are going to do it.>>I want to give you the opportunity to just acknowledge that food waste is an issue, if you so believe it.>>Oh, I believe that food waste will be looked at in the policy when we — >>Is it a problem in Canada? I mean, is it something that needs to be addressed?>>Well, what we want to do is to address the total food policy issue in this country.>>So Canada is not cracking down on supermarket waste, yet. When we showed Canadians what we found behind stores, they said that should be illegal.>>Obviously what you’re earmarking is obviously a problem, if there is food out there that’s wasted.>>Do you think it’s time for the Government of Canada to take a stand on this?>>We will come up with a national food policy, hopefully that will be very helpful to the consumer and the producer, and everybody else in between.>>MacCaulay says it will be another year before his food policy comes out. Until then, Canada is still way behind.>>The biggest wasters of all? You! This is what you are throwing out. Boom.>>Well, my heart is racing, because I feel like it’s so expensive and wasteful.>>Now we are thinking.>>This is your “Marketplace”.>>Time to face what’s in your trash. We’ve gone through the garbages in grocery stores. Now it’s time to take a bin into a store to challenge customers to see what it is that they are buying and what they throw out. Every year Canadians toss out more than $14 billion worth of food at home. Food waste happens in a lot of places. Does it happen in your home?>>Yeah, I waste a bit of food for sure.>>Turns out, we all throw out one in five bags of the groceries we buy. Why? Chances are we’re buying way more than we need. What do you have in your bag? I don’t want you to panic about what I’m about to do. We have a compost bin here, and I’m just going to throw it out for you in advance.>>No, no. That’s all right.>>So I’m showing shoppers what typically ends up in green bins. And what they can do to reduce their waste. Your broccoli, any sense of how much of that usually gets thrown out? About 25%.>>I picked that. That was really nice broccoli!>>That was a really nice broccoli, yeah.>>The thing about tomatoes is you got the wrong guy here so I really like tomatoes, a lot I’m like obsessed with them, so I’m gonna eat them like fast.>>You like them enough that you’ve put them on your body.>>Yeah, those are going quick.>>Okay. Well let me try to horrify you if you were like most Canadians who don’t have a tattoo of tomatoes, this is what you are throwing out. Boom. You look uncomfortable.>>I am uncomfortable.>>But we’re just doing what statistics tell us Canadians do. In fact, about half of the food we throw out at home? Fruits and vegetables. Hey, where are those strawberries? They look great, don’t they?>>I picked the best ones!>>They look really good.>>Well, my heart is racing because I feel like it’s so expensive and wasteful.>>Okay, so regular, almond milk, we throw out 15%. If you’re the average Canadian family you’re gonna throw that out.>>Wow. That’s crazy.>>Okay, so if I pull your bananas here there is six of them. The average Canadian wastes one and a 1/4 of them.>>Oh really.>>When you walk into a grocery store and you have a guy at the check out throwing your food out, what’s going through your mind?>>I just threw away money.>>Some uncomfortable moments there. People had no idea we are going to be tossing their food like that. But in a way, we’re just doing what people would end up doing themselves in their own homes. So we’re going on a neighbourhood spot-check. In Brampton, Ontario. Meet Owen, Irene and Gord Moss. Like many families, when it comes to food waste, they think they are doing a good job. Do you think you’re any more or any less than anyone else?>>I think we are pretty well average.>>Let’s take a peek. How much of what we see in here gets thrown out?>>I would, on a percentage basis, I would say probably 20 to 25%.>>For the Moss family, that means $1,000 of groceries tossed each year. And that’s on par with the average family in this country. What do you guys think about how much food is wasted by people just like you?>>Well, I think it’s a disgrace. We should value food a lot better than we do.>>We’ve talked to the Moss family about how much they throw out. But it makes you wonder how much food waste we all produce. After all, almost half of it takes place in our own homes. So we’re taking them on a field trip to a nearby waste facility so we can see just how much is being tossed on a daily basis. All right. So here it is.>>Wow, wow, that’s incredible.>>Pretty stinky.>>They’re shocked. And this is only food waste. From a couple of neighbourhoods, over a few hours. Believe it or not, this is just a couple of trucks. And those trucks come constantly all day. Behind us is a room full of this. It’s a football field size. There is 2,000 tonnes of mostly food waste in there.>>Incredible.>>For safety reasons, we’re not allowed in there.>>We take a lot for granted. We really do. It’s just available. So you just buy it. If you don’t want it, you throw it out.>>But now we’re thinking.>>Yeah, we sure are.>>And that’s the idea. Think before you buy. Think before you waste. Whether you’re a family or a big retailer. Okay, now you’ve seen it. Now you’ve smelled it. Let’s get out of here.>>Great. Thanks for having us.>>Next week on “Marketplace”. House hunting under cover. Real estate agents caught on camera.>>I can coach you kind of, what price to put.>>We would have loved to know what the number was.>>Breaking the rules.>>Their offer is $890 with another agent.>>We’d be looking for maximum penalties.>>Secret deals, broken dreams.>>We decided it was the perfect house for us.


  • ruben canas says:

    Lol I'm not discussed that's what they do here

  • villan sitoe says:

    😭 Heart bleaks

  • Old Dirty Tattooed Warhorse says:

    they don't give it to the shelters because if they did people wouldn't buy food to donate to the shelters… some of these places have the nerve to ask you at the cash register for donations to feed the hungry (another fantastic CBC expose, you should look it up) but won't give this food away because it will ultimately affect their bottom line…

  • Love Hearts says:

    Perhaps if their reason is it's more expensive to donate them to an institution like orphanages, Prison, and foundations for the poor etc. Why not these institutions send their representative to ask for permission to collect food that are still good for consumption? Just a suggestion. It's really a tremendous amount of waste when there's a lot of people around are starving.

  • Perry Ippolito says:

    watch waste and a sin and millions of people starve…

  • Vipers Venom says:

    Wal mart is the most crooked,lying,scandalous corporation EVER!

  • Can’t think of a Name says:

    They should donate it to the food bank honestly it’s sad there are tons of people suffering from hunger…🙁

  • Emilia Svensson says:

    I work at a supermarket in Sweden. Here we really don’t throw away food unnecessary. We let the food stay on the shelves until the “best before” date start approaching and then we will sell them for a discounted price. If the product isn’t sold, THEN we will throw it out. BUT there are times where we have to throw out good food for example if the packaging is broken. Because no costumer want to buy that product. Also, sometimes we have to throw food because of faults of the producer, for safety reasons. For example the other day we had to throw away all of the coconut flour from certain batches because they might contain traces of metal and wouldn’t be safe for consumption. Nothing we could do about it. And so I wouldn’t recommend dumpster diving. You never know the reason the food has been thrown away, it could be dangerous.

  • Minzy Haokip says:

    Come check our dupster in India…

  • Family Broich says:

    Our Walmart’s here all have compactors inside. Nothing is left outside

  • Rhonda Wiley says:

    Such a disgusting practice ppl are hungry all over give the food away.!!!!!!

  • FirstPerson says:

    The reason Corporate bosses do not want to face the on-camera interview is they know they are doing it all wrong but don't have GUTS to take responsibility and face the public consequences.

  • Saisha heeru Heeru says:

    It's disgusting…..that's y I hate shopping in super market

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  • Shlags says:

    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

  • Bonnie Cull says:

    Isn't capitalism grand?

  • Sarah Barton says:

    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.

  • Lynda Boot says:

    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.

  • Muffin says:

    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.

  • Julie Dodd says:

    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.

  • kathy rocco says:

    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 .

  • ll says:

    I wonder how many self-called 'dumpster-divers' here in the comments, are actually dumpster-diving…

  • ll says:

    Where he left his shoes?

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  • Zetta Arnanda says:

    You can give this food for poorest people

  • Giaiel Pace says:

    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.

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  • noblelies says:

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

  • ravina patel says:

    Here in 2019, no policies yet in Canada for food waste.

  • Made Off says:

    Why can’t that food go to the poor, hungry n homeless 🤦‍♂️

  • Quinton Fairhall says:

    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

  • Jai Nepal says:

    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…

  • Aria k says:

    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…

  • pyro226 says:

    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.

  • Openthought says:

    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

  • Margarita Rodriguez says:

    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

  • Justice League says:

    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.

  • DuckyLou Diva says:

    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🤔

  • don684 says:

    Just maybe if they charged less there would be less waste?

  • Hamidi Jafri says:

    Not in my home town… Garbage is true garbage

  • Jeanine lopez says:

    Sad ppl starving smh

  • Linda Blunt says:

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

  • The Bill and Kali Show says:

    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.

  • The Independent Mind says:

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

  • Apothecary Spirit says:

    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.

  • Ruthlyn Uru says:

    And here comes me from the Philippines, who see lot of my fellow countrymen being hungry every single day 😭

  • Frank S says:

    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

  • Corrosive EFnet says:

    Walmart can get bent

  • Chi Chu says:

    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.

  • Roger Jackson says:

    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

  • Adriana Foster says:

    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

  • Karen Baxter says:

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

  • Emeriza Belgica says:

    malls in philipine is different. Those should be trow still in shelvs

  • Mike Paniora says:

    should be given away or big discount..

  • 9 8 says:

    I like this reporter…. in US they tell u about the problem but they don't look into solving it.

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  • Andrew Waltz says:

    It's just sickening how wasteful they are

  • Dave Lang says:

    WTF now I'm a go behind Walmart. It's still good food going wasted

  • Alekseevič says:

    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.

  • Richard Cadotte says:

    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

  • Umair khan says:

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  • May Sinfield says:

    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

  • lisa hartsook says:

    they will fire you for eating what is to be trowed out. a big shame

  • georgianbents says:

    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.

  • Jessica Abalos says:

    What if that was returned food😳

  • Tina Maxson says:

    This is so evil but doing a story on it cause it to be locked up.

  • Chakat Nightsparkle says:

    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.

  • TTV_H0tB0t says:

    Send it to afrika

  • Dylan Wells says:

    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.

  • FinalFantasyAC7 says:

    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 ?

  • jay Hood says:

    STOP! —SHOPPING– in WAL-MART! Evil Company…. Stop! Your Shopping:) go elsewhere

  • Laurie P says:

    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.

  • Scuba Steve says:

    walmart is a bunch of liars

  • Erin Rising says:

    they could at least just give it to their employees, that wouldn't even be an extra step

  • Z EE says:

    the problem is take the food home (and get caught) and there goes your job

  • Stephen Waterman says:

    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.

  • BeaveHolio says:

    time to dumpster dive.

  • CowGames says:

    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.

  • T Berry says:

    There's no saving it in our city. It's all thrown into compactors.

  • Muffin Monster says:

    this is f*cking insane!! people are starving and others decide to throw out perfectly fine food :/

  • Eileen Lester says:

    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.

  • Martina Taylor says:

    You could give it to people who have no food

  • Bojaxs says:

    20:12, always get a kick out of seeing people here in Canada wearing kits for Championship league clubs.

  • Mike Olzak says:

    If they give it away and someone gets "sick" they can be sued.

  • COLA SENSEI says:

    Wtf just happend in the end why you waste food too just to make a point

  • galaxy 44 says:

    I love in the us and its makes me sick how much food is wasted here 🙁

  • Ray Walz says:

    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.

  • Milissa Poisson says:

    I think Wal-Mart is evil….

  • James Liu says:

    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.

  • vtecx626 says:

    Update: 15 people died of food poisoning the following week.

  • darke dive says:

    Is this still a thing? I’m gonna go rummage through Walmart’s trash tomorrow idgaf

  • Joan Clayton Johnson says:

    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.

  • Stephanie Lee Schneider says:

    Glad to know this is finally changing in Canada.

  • Supernatural Fan74 says:

    I have worked in a a food pantry and the Walmart actually get taxes cuts form donations to that pantry.

  • Jonathan Torres says:

    Lol why are you guys harassing the manager?

  • Team Optimistic says:

    That store is lazy cause they can donate those items to food pantrys?


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  • Thomas Le says:

    "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.

  • william fitzpatrick says:

    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.

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