Reducing Food Waste and Saving Money at Thanksgiving

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Save food and money and avoid waste in packaging, too.

Save food and money and avoid waste in packaging, too.

PHILADELPHIA (November 10, 2014) — Before going to the supermarket to buy the turkey, assorted vegetables, fruit and cheese for Thanksgiving, many people will have to clear out refrigerator space to hold everything. That means throwing away a lot of uneaten food such as moldy tomatoes, withered lettuce, expired yogurt containers, and bowls of now unrecognizable leftovers.

This once good, nourishing food cost money to buy. And, by throwing it in the trash, that food waste will be sent to a landfill where it will rapidly decompose and generate methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

Nationally, nearly 35 million tons of food waste was generated in 2012, according to EPA’s Municipal Characterization Report. And 96 percent of that food waste was thrown away into landfills or incinerators. Some estimates translate this into a loss of approximately $165 billion annually. These are disturbing numbers especially when you consider how many people in the U.S. go hungry every day.

But there is hope. Supermarkets, universities, businesses and other organizations are joining EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge in an effort to reduce food waste by donating unused food to food cupboards or turning it into compost. Families and individuals can also help to cut down on food waste, and save money in the process.

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