Human Environments Avalysis Laboratory

Household Food Waste Survey

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jason Gilliland, Department of Geography, Western University

Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 81239, Email:

Dear Resident,
Dr. Jason Gilliland and his research team from Western University, in association with the City of London (Environmental and Engineering Services) invite you to participate in a survey about your household’s food waste generation.

What is being studied and why?

It is estimated that over one-third of all food produced in Canada is wasted along the food supply chain, with close to 50% of this waste occurring at the household level. Some believe that household food waste has considerable economic, environmental, and social impacts.

The purpose of this study is to develop a better understanding of what leads City of London households to waste food. This includes understanding household intentions (what your household would like to do) and household behaviours (what your household actually does). The information from this survey will help identify how best to develop programs to reduce food waste. We are looking for adults, 18 years and older, to complete this survey.

Study procedures and length of study?

Complete survey: You are invited to complete a Household Food Waste survey. If you received an email invitation, and agree to participate, please click the survey link to access the survey and follow the instructions. If you requested a paper copy of the survey, and agree to participate, please follow the instructions, complete the survey and send back to the researchers in the attached addressed and stamped envelope. This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Do I have to participate in this study?

Your choice to participate and complete the survey is completely voluntary. You do not have to participate. You can refuse to answer any questions and can choose to leave the survey at any time. However, as the survey gives us critical information about household food waste we would really appreciate your participation, as the results will ultimately help with the development of food waste reduction programs.

What are the benefits and risks of participating?

Our research is helping us to develop a better understanding of why households waste food. There is little risk to you if you choose to participate in this study, but there is a slight chance that you may be uncomfortable sharing details of your household’s economic status and the type and amount of food wasted. The risk for discomfort is being minimized as follows: Participants will not be personally identified or identifiable in any documents or presentations related to the study. All of the information collected in this study is kept strictly confidential and your name will not appear on any materials or data files.

How will your information be kept confidential?

In addition to confidentiality procedures discussed in the previous section survey data will ONLY be viewed by members of the research team and will be maintained on a password-protected computer in a secure facility at Western University. Representatives of The University of Western Ontario Non-Medical Research Ethics Board may require access to your study-related records to monitor the conduct of the research. The results of this study will only be presented for groups so that you will never be individually identifiable. You do not waive any legal rights by consenting to this study.

Will I be compensated for participating in this study?

Participants have the option to be entered in to a draw for one of ten $25 gift certificates to the Western Fair Farmers Market.

Who do I contact if I have any other questions?

Should you have any questions or concerns about participating in this project, you can contact the lead researcher, Dr. Jason Gilliland, at Western University. P: (519) 661-2111 ext. 81239 or E:

If you have any further questions regarding your rights as a study participant, please contact the Office of Human Research Ethics at 519-661-3036 or at:

By participating in this survey you are providing your consent.

To complete the survey: