Why is preventing food waste important?
Preventing wasted food has social, environmental, and economic value:
How much food waste is there in Washington?
Food waste is the largest component of the state and country's municipal solid waste. State data from 2015-16 shows that:
Food makes up 16 percent of overall garbage (779,555 tons), which includes residential, commercial, and self-hauled garbage.
Edible food is being discarded. Edible food makes up 8 percent of overall garbage (374,490 tons).