06 Jan Food Waste: What Is It and What Can You Do About It?
What is Food Waste?
Food waste is any kind of food that makes it into the trash. It could be leftover scraps from dinner or an expired snack that got pushed to the back of the pantry.
- In the United States, food waste is the second most abundant item in landfills. Food waste is also the largest source of methane emissions.
- One person wastes about 20 pounds of food a month. Thais equals 30-40% of the food supply in the United States.
- According to Save The Food, a 4-person family loses $1500 a year on wasted food.
Did you know that programs around the United States offer food recovery? This allows you to donate any fresh food that is still fit for consumption. This includes unserved foods, produce, day-old baked goods, prepared foods and leftovers from catered events.
This food waste process can occur in two ways. One way is by collecting food scraps for local farms. The farm will then process the food to eliminate bacteria and is then fed to livestock. You can also donats food to Animal Feed Manufacturers. Some items that are accepted are uneaten food items, food prep waste, plate waste, and unpackaged spoiled or outdated foods.
All food scraps and food-soiled paper can be composted. Here are a few examples:
- Paper Bags
- Pizza Boxes
- Paper Towels
When You Shop
You can eliminate food waste before it happens. Waste is often a subconscious act, so think about what you’re buying. Be a smart shopper. Plan out meals ahead of time and only purchase what you need.