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04/21/2015 04:31 EDT | Updated 04/21/2015 04:59 EDT

15 Kitchen Scraps You Should Never Throw Out

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Food waste in Canada is a serious problem.

According to a 2010 study, every year Canadians waste $27 billion worth of food and about 1 in 4 food items are are thrown out without being consumed. It's a waste of money and it's harmful to for the environment.

Careless cooking and poor food storage are just two of many reasons why landfills across the country are filling up with methane producing waste, the David Suzuki Foundation reports.

In honour of Earth Day, help reduce your food waste by upgrading your storage skills and take a closer look at the way you prepare your foods.

Tossing too many egg shells? Try putting them in your coffee filter first for a better balanced brew. What about those thick potato peels? Roasting them results in a crunchy, crispy treat.

Below are 15 different ways to give your kitchen scraps a new life.

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