Reduce food waste

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Reduce your personal food waste to save precious resources and money. Food that ends up getting thrown away means wasted water, land, and energy used in production and transportation.

A massive amount of food is wasted per person each year. That adds up to some serious money thrown in the bin.

If we minimize food waste as a society, we would take the equivalent of half a billion cars off the road. Be a part of that movement!


• Shop wisely by planning meals, using lists, purchasing accurate quantities, and reducing impulse buys. This includes holiday meals.

• Prepare appropriate amounts of food and get good containers to make it easy to save leftovers and keep them fresh.

• Eating leftovers save you time from preparing something new.

• Make it easier to find leftovers in your refrigerator and freezer by keeping them in the front. Having less food in your fridge helps ensure items do not get lost in the back.

• Do not be fooled by date labels. Date labels on food are generally not regulated and are not meant to indicate food safety. The food is likely fine after the date label unless the words “use by” appear before the date. Use your nose and judgment.

• Share dishes at restaurants or take home the extras. Have containers on hand for giving dinner guests leftovers. Often times when eating out, portions are much larger than a typical meal.

• Share extra food with family, friends, neighbors or use the app Olio to give away unwanted food or meals.


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