There’s an old adage in waste management, that you can’t manage what you can’t measure, and ag waste studies provide just the information that’s needed for effective program development and management. They are desktop studies used to estimate waste composition and generation, typically based on:
- Units of production – e.g. head of cattle, acres per crop, which are available through Statistics Canada and other sources, and
- Waste generated per unit of production – taken from various farm level activities waste and reviewing how these inputs are packaged.
In Manitoba, insights provided from studies completed in province in 2011 (prior to the launch of the pilot programs and 2019 have provided valuable inputs to considerations for program development.