Food waste prevention starts with what you already have on hand

It’s Food Waste Prevention Week and we’re focused on tips to reduce food waste. Preventing food waste is the #1 thing households can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ONce food goes to the landfill, it breaks down and emits greenhouse gasses, including carbon dioxide and methane. Plus spoiled food casts Oregon household an average $1,800 annually. We’ve been tackling the problem all week and it’s clear, preventing food waste requires planning.

  • Before you even go grocery shopping, check your cupboards, fridge and freezer, and plan meals around what you have.
  • Prepare a weekly menu and stick to your shopping list.
  • Match your list to the reality of your week. If you’re not going to have time to cook, don’t plan elaborate meals.
  • And if you bough items you won’t use, give them away before their expiration date.

More tips to reduce food waste here