WHY SCRAP FOOD WASTE?
Food waste is a financial, environmental, and social problem.
The average family of four wastes $1,500 a year on food they buy but don’t eat.
FEED PEOPLE IN NEED
We have a hunger problem in Vermont. Some wasted food, especially from retailers, can be recovered and given to people in need.
SAVE NATURAL RESOURCES and REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES
Our food system uses enormous amounts of natural resources. When we waste food, we also waste all the resources that went into growing, transporting, storing, and distributing the food.
Food is the largest component of trash in landfills, taking up valuable space.
When food scraps end up in a landfill, they don’t decompose as nature intended. Instead, they give off methane, a very potent greenhouse gas which is even stronger than carbon dioxide and contributes to global warming.