Introducing the Eat Away at Food Waste Campaign

Posted by City of Philadelphia on April 26, 2022

To celebrate Earth Day, the Office of Sustainability is launching the Eat Away at Food Waste campaign by sharing tips and resources for households and businesses to prevent and manage food waste. 

Nearly one-fifth of Philadelphia’s residential waste stream is wasted food. However, much of this food did not have to go into the trash at all! What does this mean for the residents of Philadelphia?

It means that reducing food waste at home could save each Philadelphia family up to $1,300 each year – that’s enough to buy one more meal every day for the whole year!

It means that 206 million pounds of food are sent to a landfill or incinerator in Philadelphia each year, creating climate pollution and contributing to hotter, wetter weather. 

It also means that food waste in Philadelphia may seem like a large and – at first glance – indigestible problem (pun intended). However, all of us, taking steps and forming new habits when we shop for, store, and throw away our food, will help to take small bites out of a big problem.

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