November 17 – 21 is Food Recovery Week

Food Waste is a Factor
in Contributing to Climate Change

Trashed_vegetables_in_Luxembourg

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Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day – from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. More than 96 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills. In 2011, we landfilled more than 36 million tons of food waste. Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change.

  • There are many ways you can reduce food waste, for example:
    Shop your refrigerator first! Cook or eat what you already have at home before buying more.
  • Plan your menu before you go shopping and buy only those things on your menu.
  • Buy only what you realistically need and will use. Buying in bulk only saves money if you are able to use the food before it spoils.
  • Compost food scraps rather than throwing them away.
  • …and more!

More information and tips about reducing food waste:
http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-wasted-food-basics