Food Waste Reduction

Uneaten food is approximately 18.5% of the waste generated in Anoka County, this waste goes to Great River Energy to create energy at their facility in Elk River or to the landfill. Food waste often has a high moisture content. It takes more energy to turn it into a fuel source than other materials with less moisture.

Instead of throwing food waste away, prevent it in the first place. Proper food storage, shopping with a plan for weekly meals, creatively using leftovers and understanding the meaning behind food label dates are all easy things to do.

As much as 40% of the food in this country goes to waste-more than $162 billions worth every year-accounting for nearly a quarter of U.S water consumption and 4% of our oil consumption.
A 4-person family loses $1,500 a year on wasted food. Saving that would basically be a raise.
20% of the food we each buy never gets eaten.
90% of us throw away food too soon.

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Read our Food Storage Guide to keep your food fresher longer (PDF).