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Food Waste Basics

Image of food scraps: Information for Consumers

About 35 million tons of food waste reach landfills and incinerators each year in the United States. This waste could be prevented, used to feed people, or composted to create a valuable soil amendment.

More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). In 2012 alone, more than 36 million tons of food waste was generated, with only five percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting.

How Can I Divert Food From Landfills?

Why Divert Food Waste From Landfills?

Reducing the amount of food wasted has significant economic, social & environmental benefits:

Environmental Benefits

Economic Benefits

Social Benefits


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