If you are a resident of Central Ohio, chances are 86% of your population is concerned about the amount of local food being wasted. Each year, 160,000 acres of land are used to grow food thrown by the people of Central Ohio – about half the size of Franklin County.
When residents of Central Ohio throw away uneaten or old food, they may think all they are throwing away is leftovers. But what many people don’t realize is that they also waste all the resources that go into growing, harvesting and transporting food.
It may not seem like much, but when it all adds up, nearly a million pounds of food waste are dumped in Franklin County every day. And across the country, nearly 40% of the food that is produced goes to waste.
That’s why the Solid Waste Authority in Central Ohio, or SWACO, started the Save More Than Food campaign, to educate community members about the impact of food waste in Central Ohio, and provide simple tips every day on how to be more sustainable.
We all have a role to play in reducing food waste. In fact, a lot of food waste occurs at the household level, in our own refrigerators. When you make small decisions such as thinking about what foods to buy and taking the time to store food properly, You can make a difference.
Want to get involved, but not sure where to start? Check out the resources below.
- Reducing food waste is more than just composting leftovers. Learn about other ways to reduce food waste, such as saving food before it becomes waste to feed our communities or protecting our environment and natural resources by preventing food waste.
- Think you know food waste? Put your knowledge to the test with the Save More Than Food Quiz and learn how you can make a difference. Post your results on social media and compare your scores with friends.
- Sign up for the Save More Than Food Quarterly Newsletter to stay abreast of the Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative’s latest food waste reduction efforts and learn more about seasonal tips, tricks and ways to make a difference.