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 percent 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 percent 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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Click here for our Food Storage Guide to keep your food fresher longer.