What happens to food waste: The zero-waste cycle of a Greenlid

What happens to food waste:  The zero-waste cycle of a Greenlid

As a company, we always want to be one step ahead when it comes to innovating our products. To do that, and do it right, we need to understand the problems the world is facing and where we can make the greatest impact. That is how eliminating food waste from the landfill became our obsession.

Not only is food waste a waste of money, it’s also one of the main sources of greenhouse gases when food ends up in landfill, which inevitably, it does.

According to the David Suzuki Foundation, about 20% of Canada’s methane emissions (a potent greenhouse gas) come from landfills. 

Greenlid was developed to make composting easy! If all Canadians composted 100% of the time we could get rid of that 20% of greenhouse gases coming from landfills. With busy lives and confusing rules at each Canadian curbside pickup, combined with the complete grossness of rotting food in the kitchen it’s understandable that food sometimes ended up in the trash. That’s why we used waste (end-life-recycled cardboard headed for the landfill) to make a compost bucket that could simplify the whole food recycling process in your kitchen and follow even the most strict Green Bin guidelines.

So what really happens to food waste when you use a Greenlid?

  1. The process begins by filling your Greenlid with organic waste from your home & sealing it with its lid.
  2. Since your Greenlid is 100% compostable, it is accepted in all municipal compost programs in addition to your home compost pile.
  • Its biodegradable, no-leak additive prevents the need for plastic bags, which do not compost.
  1. After municipal pickup, Greenlid is brought to your local compost facility where it is combined with other organic waste and made into rich compost.It is then transported to farmers' fields and combined with the soil to grow produce.
  2. The produce from local farmers is brought to market, eliminating the need to import it from elsewhere.
  3. The cycle repeats itself once you bring the produce home and dispose of its waste in another Greenlid.

Since its beginning, Greenlid has: ⁣

⁣ • 🌱created 1.273.500 kg of quality compost, ⁣

⁣ • 🚛diverted 6.367.500 kg of waste from landfills,⁣

⁣ • ☁️prevented 1.671.468 kg of greenhouse gas.⁣⁣

What happens if you toss your food waste in the trash?


  1. It starts by filling up your garbage with wet rotting food waste (bummer).
  2. If it’s not garbage week that food will sit and begin decomposing in your kitchen or garage for up to 2 weeks.
  3. Once picked up the food waste is delivered to the landfill where it takes up massive amounts of space and costs money to store.
  4. The food waste is then buried under tons of garbage which removes all oxygen from the compost.
  5. The decomposing organic waste undergoes “anaerobic” decomposition. This is where there is no oxygen present so instead of low levels of Carbon dioxide being produced through a properly aerated composting process at a facility, the bacteria release high levels of methane which is a significant contributor to global warming.
  6. The resulting soil from the composted food is left buried under miles of garbage never to be used to grow food or in gardens again.


Zero Waste is a lifestyle that is interpreted many ways depending on your goals. Some focus on reducing packaging, others picking the “ugly” fruit. We strive to live a zero waste through the standard of the 4 R’s, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and ROT. 

If you can live by those 4 R’s you can live gently on the earth and leave as little trace as possible for the future. With simple everyday habits of properly composting your food and choosing alternatives to plastics each person can have a zero-waste life cycle just like your Greenlid does. 

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