Whether it’s moldy cheese, limp celery or those long lost leftovers in the back of the fridge, chances are you’ve wasted food(PDF, 270 K) this week. And you’re not alone. Americans waste about 25 percent of all food and drinks we buy, adding up to more than $1,600 each year.
It’s a growing problem with profound financial and environmental impacts(PDF, 100 K). When we throw away food, we also waste all the water and energy used to produce, package and transport food from the farm to our plates. Uneaten food accounts for 23 percent of all methane emissions in the U.S. – a potent climate change contributor.
Fighting Food Waste (external) – from Quest
According to the United Nations, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted each year while nearly 900 million people around the world struggle each day with hunger.
King County Solid Waste Division
King Street Center 201 S. Jackson Street, Suite 701, Seattle, Washington 98104
206-477-4466, 1-800-325-6165 ext. 74466 (outside the local calling area M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), TTY Relay: 711
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