Food Waste Reduction

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that around 20 percent of all the municipal waste buried in landfills is food waste!  More than 400 pounds of food waste is generated per person each year.  All this wasted food harms the environment and costs the average household about $1800 a year.

To learn about what it takes to get food from the farm to the grocery store watch this Save the Food/AD Council video about The Extraordinary Life and Times of Strawberry 


Food Waste Prevention Tips

Shop Smart

Buy only what you need, especially fresh produce and other foods with limited shelf life.

Store Properly

You can keep food fresh longer if you store it properly. Visit Eureka! Recycling’s A-Z Food Storage Guide for great food storage tips.

Organize the Refrigerator

Taking a few minutes each day to keep your refrigerator organized helps reduce food waste. Check the expiration dates, label leftovers, and consider freezing foods for later use. 

Use it before you loose it

Utilize food that past its prime but still edible.  Check out these tips and recipes at Save the Food

Visit our Composting page for resources that will help you learn how to compost food scraps at home.

Contact

Kevin Mathers
Environment, Natural Resources Educator
kjm8@cornell.edu
(607) 584-5013

Last updated December 1, 2017