Food Waste Reduction

Posted By: Solid Waste, Recycling,

How much food are we wasting?

Every year in the United States, almost 40% of all food produced goes uneaten. 95% of that goes straight into landfills. This includes millions of tons of preventable wasted food that was served but not eaten, spoiled food, unharvested crops, and “ugly food”. Wasted food is excessive, expensive, and environmentally harmful. Food waste costs our nation $166 billion every year which amounts to $1,500 a year for a family of four! We are feeding our landfills almost as much as we feed ourselves while 1 in 8 Americans are food-insecure, which means they don’t have consistent access to enough food to meet their basic needs.

Environmental impacts of food waste

When food is wasted, all of the resources used to produce that food is also wasted.
8% of US agricultural land, which is equal to the area of Pennsylvania, is used to produce the food that gets wasted! 150 of the United State’s largest cities take up less land than wasted food uses.
25% of all freshwater in the US is used to produce food that is thrown away!
Food waste also has a carbon footprint– Most uneaten food goes to the landfills where it produces methane, a greenhouse gas 24 times more environmentally harmful than CO2!

Our nation’s food waste produces more greenhouse gas emissions than every country on Earth, except for China and the United States!

Graph of food waste emissions showing that US food waste is the third largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind only China and the US. Text: Prevent food waste! If food waste was a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter!

What does food waste look like?

“Imagine walking out of a grocery store with four bags of groceries, dropping one in the parking lot, and not bothering to pick it up. That’s essentially what we’re doing in our homes today.“

– Dana Gunders, Natural Resources Defense Council



Fight Food Waste!

These resources can help you reduce your food waste at home!

Join the Food: Too Good to Waste Facebook group !!!!

Take the PLEDGE
“Life of a Strawberry”
Food storage guide
Portion size cheat sheet
Say No to Food Waste
Other resources

Sign Up for the Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge!

The purpose of the Food: Too Good to Waste challenge is to keep good food from going to  waste! The challenge will help you figure out  how much food (and money) you are throwing out. You’ll learn easy ways to save time and money, and keep valuable resources from going to waste!

The challenge takes  less than 10 minutes a week for 5 weeks beginning in February. You will collect and weigh the edible food that you throw out each week. After the first week, you will be provided tools and strategies to reduce your food waste. Complete the challenge, and you will receive a free food waste reduction kit and more TBA!

If you are already in the challenge or just want to see what the challenge is all about- here are the links to information and strategies on reducing food waste at home!

Enter your food waste data HERE

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