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Stop Food Waste at Home - December 2017

Nearly 40 percent of all the food produced in the United States goes to waste, and of that, 95 percent ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. Though Alameda County residents have access to curbside compost collection, uneaten food, food scraps, and food-soiled paper remain the largest single category of our waste stream. Nearly 100,000 tons of food are discarded by Alameda County businesses and institutions each year, and up to 50,000 tons of that may be edible.

The StopFoodWaste campaign helps residents in Alameda County minimize the amount of good food going to waste. showcases tips for the proper storage of food to make it last longer, and easy ways to repurpose leftovers.