In Fort Collins, food waste makes up approximately 23 percent of what residents throw in their trash. It’s not just banana peels or chicken bones – often it’s whole foods and ingredients that get tossed without being consumed.
The average household throws away one-quarter of all the food they buy – that’s like walking in the door with four grocery bags and dropping one straight into the trash each time you shop! Across the US, as much as 40 percent of all food grown ends up being wasted.
All that food waste comes at a cost – when you save your food, you also save money, water, and greenhouse gas emissions.
How much food gets thrown out in your household? Take the EPA’s food recovery challenge to find out: