Food waste prevention, recovery, and donation

We have resources to help you prevent food waste, which is the largest component of the municipal solid waste stream.

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 17 percent of overall garbage, which includes residential, commercial, and self-hauled garbage.
  • Food waste makes up  24 percent of residential garbage, 19 percent of commercial garbage, and 8 percent of self-hauled garbage.
  • Good food is being thrown away. Edible food makes up 8 percent of overall garbage and 10 percent for both residential and commercial garbage.

Food recovery

The Environmental Protection Agency developed a Food Waste Recovery Hierarchy recommending ways to prevent and reduce wasted food.