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April 5-9 Named Food Waste Prevention Week

Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 2:10PM

Written by Kristen Schmutz

Belden Communications News

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An average family of four wastes $1,500 or more a year in spoiled food. With all the current economic challenges and financial instability that can be seen worldwide, it is important to educate families with some Food Waste Prevention practices.

Forty percent of food in America is wasted, which is the equivalent of every American wasting 290 pounds of food a year.

According to a release, Volusia County’s Solid Waste and Environmental Management divisions are taking part in the first-ever Florida Food Waste Prevention Week from April 5 to 9 to inspire residents and businesses to prevent food waste, protect the environment and save money. They will post daily tips on the County of Volusia Facebook page each day during the week.

Solid Waste has joined the initiative in hopes of reducing the amount of wasted food that winds up in the Tomoka Landfill. From uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce, about 68% of wasted food winds up in landfills or combustion centers. When food decomposes in a landfill, it releases methane gas, which contributes to climate change.

Before going to the grocery store, look in your refrigerator and cabinets first, then make a shopping list of things you need and expect to use. Slow fruits’ ripening process by storing bananas, apples, and tomatoes by themselves, and store vegetables in separate bins. Freeze, preserve, or can extra fruits and vegetables.

To prevent mold, wait to wash berries until you want to eat them. Freeze food such as bread, sliced fruit, and meat that you know you won’t be able to eat in time. Plan an “eat the leftovers” night each week to cut down on what gets disposed of.

Learn more about food waste prevention, visit

 www.SaveTheFoodFL.com or www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-wasted-food-home

 


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