Study Shows That Food Comprises Most Landfill Waste

Recent, shocking studies from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) show that almost forty percent of all food in the United States goes uneaten and ends up as landfill waste. This vast amount of wasted food product takes up the most space in municipal landfills, with plastics coming in as the second largest component. Reducing food and plastic waste are two simple steps to ensure a bright, clean future for our planet.

Rotting food is an enormous waste of money (roughly $165 billion per year according to the NRDC) and it is harmful to the environment. Decaying food in landfills emits methane gases which damage the atmosphere and is harmful to wildlife. Take steps now to reduce food waste and be more environmentally friendly.

Data suggests that if we were able to reduce food waste by a mere fifteen percent, we would be able to feed about 25 million more hungry people every year. With so many people going hungry every day, it makes sense for everyone to work on reduce food waste.

An easy way to begin is to plan your meals. Proper planning and storing food can greatly reduce waste. Make detailed shopping lists and stick to them. Rotate food in your refrigerator and cupboards. Freeze your leftovers and food that is about to go bad to prolong its lifespan.

Start a compost heap. Since methane in a landfill is created through oxygen-deprived conditions, a compost heap in your yard would avoid those conditions and be a great way to make use of your unused food and scraps. Turn your garbage into a crumbly soil rich in nutrients to use in your own garden.

Taking simple steps today could go a long way towards reducing the food and plastic waste that comprises the majority of landfill space. Contact Custom Grocery Bags today to learn more about eco-friendly lifestyles.

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