Food Waste PreventionAccording to the U.S. EPA, we generated more than 37 million tons of wasted food in 2013. Only 5% of that amount was diverted from the landfill or incinerator and was composted. Food waste is the largest component of our country and state's municipal solid waste. Washington State 2009 data shows that:
Food waste prevention, donation and management
Tools & Other Resources
FOOD RECOVERYEPA developed a Food Waste Recovery Hierarchy to recommend ways to reduce the amount of food being wasted. The order of preference is:
FOOD WASTE PREVENTION, DONATION AND MANAGEMENTFood: Too Good to Waste (EPA): Learn how to prevent reduce food waste at home and save money (average family saves $1,600/year) and other resources. Food Recovery Challenge (EPA): Your business or organization can learn to reduce your costs, improve your image, feed your communities and protect your environment.
FOOD DONATIONWe have state and federal laws that protect food donors from liability when donating wholesome food in good faith.
TOOLS & OTHER RESOURCES
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