In 2020 the City of Guelph and County of Wellington launched Our Food Future, and Infrastructure Canada funded Smart Cities project aimed at building a circular regional food system. Central to this work is finding ways to reduce food waste from residents and businesses. Through a pilot led by the Circular Innovation Council (CIC), Guelph was looking to monitor and collect real time data about organic waste produced by 45 regional businesses in the institutional, commercial and industrial sector. After reviewing possible technology options, they chose TELUS’ Waste Management solution. The TELUS solution provides a low cost IoT hardware and software solution that can deliver the visibility into waste assets, and consequently better insights into the waste streams being produced. Not only will this data help CIC incentivize businesses to reduce their food waste, it will also provide valuable new insights to support policy development. There have also a number of lessons learned along the way. City staff will speak about the journey to implementation and the advice they would give to other municipalities.
David Messer, Executive Director, Smart Cities Office, City of Guelph
Peter Uppal, VP Sales & Business Development – North America, Superfy
Shane Chattergoon, Senior Account Executive, Public Sector, TELUS Business Solutions
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