Benefits of Reducing Wasted Food

We may not realize how much food we throw away every day—from spoiled produce and expired meat to uneaten leftovers. In 2014, we threw out 38 million tons of food waste. About 95% of the food we throw away winds up in landfills or combustion facilities. Managing food sustainability and reducing waste can help businesses and consumers save money, as well as provide for those who do not have enough to eat, and conserve resources for future generations. Here are other ways reducing wasted food contributes to greener living:

  • Saves money from buying less food.
  • Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers our carbon footprint.
  • Conserves energy and resources, preventing pollution involved in the growing, manufacturing, transporting, and selling of food.
  • Supports your community by providing donated, untouched food that would have otherwise gone to waste to those who might not have a steady food supply.

For more tips on reducing food waste, visit the EPA website.

Tips courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency[i]