According to EPA, more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). In 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only three percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting.

How Can I Divert Food From Landfills?

  • Source Reduction/Prevention

    Preventing food waste before it is created

  • Feeding People

    Donating fresh, wholesome food to those in need

  • Feeding Animals

    Feeding safe, fresh food scraps to animals like pig farms

  • Industrial Uses

    Rendering fats, oils, and grease and turning it into products or biofuel

  • Composting

    Turning food waste into a valuable soil amendment

  • Anaerobic Digestion

    Turning food waste into renewable energy and a valuable soil amendment

Why Divert Food Waste From Landfills?

Reducing the amount of food wasted has significant economic, social & environmental benefits:

Environmental Benefits

  • Reduce Methane From Landfills
  • Reduce Resource Use Associated with Food Production
  • Create A Valuable Soil Amendment

Economic Benefits

  • Lower Disposal Costs
  • Reduce Over-Purchasing and Labor Costs
  • Receive Tax Benefits by Donating Food

Social Benefits

  • Feed People, Not Landfills

For more insights on the connection between environmental protection and food waste, visit EPA's website at

THINK.EAT.SAVE – Celebrate World Environmental Day June 5, 2013.