Sanitation Services

Reducing Food Waste



America wastes roughly 40 percent of its food, the equivalent of about $115 billion per year.  

Of the estimated 133 billion pounds of food that goes to waste every year, much of it is perfectly edible and nutritious.

At a time when one in six Americans are food insecure, reducing food loss by just 25 percent would be enough to feed more than 25 million people every year.​​​



Plan  your meals in advance and stick to your shopping list to ​ save money, time and eat healthier food. Buying only what you ​expect to use, will increase the chances of keeping the food fresh and prevent waste. Use this shopping list ​TEMPLATE to reduce overbuying food.


We waste nearly half of the fresh fruits and vegetable we buy. Become a storage pro at keeping food fresh longer with these great storage INSTRUCTIONS.

Be mindful of old ingredients and leftovers you need to use up. Move food that's likely to spoil soon to the front of a shelf or designated "eat now" are​a. ​​​​​​

Freezing fresh foods and leftovers is a great way to preserve them to eat later. Check out this PDF ​to learn how to freeze, store and thaw leftovers. Freezing your food allows you to figuratively push the pause button on food in your kitchen. Learn how to get the most out of your freezer with these TIPS​.

90% of us throw away food too early. You have probably seen a "Best if Used By" date on some of your food before. Learn what that date means and if you're throwing food out too early with this USDA fact SHEET.


Avoiding food waste is also getting easier and easier with the help of technology. Check out these TOOLS​ that put the fight against food waste at your fingertips.​