Reduce food waste
Most people are unaware of how much food they throw away every day, from uneaten food scraps to spoiled products. More than 96 percent of the food we throw out ends up in landfills. In 2011, we dumped more than 36 million tons of food waste in landfills. Once inside landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
Benefits of food waste recycling
Save money by buying less food.
Reduces methane emissions from landfills and reduces carbon emissions.
It conserves energy and resources, and prevents pollution from growing, manufacturing, transporting and selling food (not to mention transporting food waste and then placing it in landfills).
Support your community by providing donated, untouched and otherwise wasted food for those without a constant supply of food.
Ways to reduce food loss
Buy your refrigerator first! Cook or eat what you already have at home before buying more.
Plan your list before you go shopping and buy only those items on your list.
Buy only what you realistically need and you will use it. Buying in bulk only saves money if you can use the food before it spoils.
Be creative! If it’s safe and healthy, use the edible parts of food that you wouldn’t normally eat. For example, stale bread can be used to make toast and beet tops can be flipped for a delicious side dish.
Nutritious, safe and intact food can be donated to food banks to help those in need.
Freeze or preserve fruits and vegetables, or you could have too many of them, especially hearty seasonal produce.
In restaurants, just ask what you can end up by asking what portion sizes and note the side dishes included in the appetizers. Take the leftovers home and save them for your next meal.
At all the buffets you can eat, eat only what you can.
Compost food scraps instead of throwing them away.