The average US household wastes about $2000/year on discarded food.1
More than 17% of the material we throw away on the South Shore is food.2
Much of this waste can be avoided:
plan meals and portions realistically before shopping
use leftovers and perishables before they spoil - helpful recipes
trust your eyes and nose more than 'sell by', 'best by' and 'freshest if used by' dates. These are arbitrary, have no bearing on food safeety, and result in much good food being discarded. USDA Food Product Dating
EPA/USDA Food Recovery Challenge
- NRDC Save the Food campaign
Curbside food waste collection service is provided by the following companies:
Bootstrap Compost in Boston. $8/week, or $10/biweekly pickup. At least 10 households in a town need to sign up for service to be provided. No meat or dairy products.
Positive Effects LLCin Plymouth, 774-454-9274. Food, cardboard and other recycling services. Much of the food grown from the resulting compost will be donated to local food pantries and shelters.
Both companies provide a clean leak-proof, easy to use 5 gallon bucket each week, bring your leftovers to a local farm for composting, and bring customers finished compost.
Backyard composting can put about half a ton/year of food and other organic waste to good use.
Commposting sequesters carbon and transforms your leftover plant-based foods, paper towels, leaves and yard waste into nutritious soil. Your trash will be sweeter smeling, and you will have your own rich fertilizer for your lawn, garden and houseplants. Compost promotes healthy plant growth, retains moisture and prevents erosion.
For information on obtaining and using a low cost, rodent-free compost bin, click here.
Composting 101-Making compost in bins and piles, 4 min. video, Grow Organic, 4/7/2011
1 NRDC report "Wasted: How America is losing up to 40% of its food" page 12