Food: Too Good to Waste

Food too good to wasteWhether it’s moldy cheese, slimy lettuce, or long lost leftovers in the back of the fridge, chances are you’ve wasted food this week. And you’re not alone. In a recent study, Seattle households estimate that about 1/3 of all food scraps they throw out could be avoided.

That rotten apple isn’t the only thing going into your food and yard waste cart. You’re also throwing away money, along with all the water, energy and other resources used to grow that apple and get it to your plate.

One way to waste less is by storing foods to make them last longer. For example, did you know that potatoes and apples make friendly neighbors? Apples help prevent potatoes from sprouting. Store them together in a cool, dark place, like a pantry. But keep onions away from potatoes since they make each other spoil!

For more tips on how to waste less food, visit www.seattle.gov/util/ReduceReuse.