Washington Center for Sustainable Food Management
Food is a valuable resource. Washington generates an estimated 1.2 million tons of food waste annually, according to our data. Wasting food also wastes the water, energy, labor, materials, and land used to make and transport the food.
The Washington Center for Sustainable Food Management (Center) was designed in the Use Food Well Washington Plan and authorized by the 2022 Organics Management Law to coordinate and support food waste reduction in Washington State.
The Center is tasked with supporting and tracking progress towards Washington’s food waste reduction goals. To meet these goals, we need to rescue approximately 78,000 tons of edible food for human consumption by 2025. By 2030, we need to reduce edible food waste by at least 195,032 tons and total food waste generated by at least 579,373 tons annually.
How are we working to reduce food waste?
What can I do to reduce food waste and wasted food?
Food rescue and donation
Many organizations donate food. For example, Sea-Tac Airport provides enough food to the local food bank for over 385 meals per week.