Do you know what Americans are sending to landfills more than anything else? Food waste. Surprising as it may be, the #1 category of municipal solid waste entering landfills each year is food waste, yet 1 in 7 Americans experiences food insecurity.
40% of food is wasted, nearly 400 lbs. for every American, with an average cost of $1,800 per year for a family of four. At the same time, 42 million Americans face food insecurity – and less than 1/3 of the food we throw out would be enough to feed this population completely. The Environmental Protection Agency has set a goal of 50% reduction in food waste by 2030. Keep Nebraska Beautiful believes that Nebraskans can meet this important goal, and is dedicated to increasing awareness of the problem and providing strategies to help reduce household food waste.
To address this important issue and to start a conversation about reducing our overabundance of food waste, we have created the ReFresh Newsletter. Every quarter, the ReFresh Newsletter will provide information about how we can take action to reduce food waste and to learn the impact we cause by filling landfills with food.