From John Dodge in The Olympian:
“Food is a terrible thing to waste, but we sure waste a lot of it in South Sound, and across the country.
The average U.S. family throws away about 25 percent of the food it buys. Imagine coming home from the grocery store with four bags of groceries, then tossing one in the garbage instead of putting the food in the cupboard or refrigerator. Sounds outlandish, but thats what we do in an indirect way.”
“Fresh off a successful campaign to ban plastic grocery bags in much of Thurston County, the Thurston County Solid Waste team Monday [March 10] will launch a two-year, multi-pronged campaign to reduce food waste. Fueled by a $162,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology, the county waste reduction folks have set a goal of reaching 100,000 households with a public education and action program to reduce the amount of food waste that ends up in the landfill by 60 tons.”
– “Waste Less Food”
“Keep your food – and money – out of the trash!”
Read more from Thurston County Solid Waste.