Composting and Food Waste

Interested in reducing your household’s food waste? Considering we throw away about 40 percent of the food we produce each year, focusing on decreasing personal food waste is a great place to start. And as an added bonus – you’ll save money! The average household of four throws away an estimated $1,350 to $2,275 per year in wasted food.

We have tips and tricks for saving scraps for municipal compost, starting your own backyard compost pile, or even letting worms do the work in an under-the-counter vermicomposting bin.

In addition to the food we waste, we use and then throw out a lot of food packaging, mostly in the form of plastic containers and bags. But with a few changes to the way you shop, cook, eat and deal with leftovers, you’ll be able to reduce your foodprint and save money too.

Here are three strategies you can use to reduce personal food waste:

  • Composting your food scraps
  • Reducing the amount of food packaging you use
  • Cooking creatively to use all of your food and eat up leftovers


On average, people waste 25% of the food they buy.

Why You Should Compost

One good way to start reducing food waste: composting! Composted food waste generates significantly less methane than organic waste that ends up in landfills, and when used in gardening or farming, that compost can provide cost savings to you and make your gardening soil more productive.

Whether you’re a gardener or not, you can be part of composting. The easiest way to get started is by collecting your own food scraps and then dropping off your food waste at one of the many municipal composting drop off sites around the country (some cities, like Seattle and New York City, even have curbside compost pickup).

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