Managing Food Waste

Managing Food Waste

Now more than ever, climate change, land, and air pollution touch our lives. Fortunately, while there's no single "silver bullet" for managing and getting rid of the world's waste, even the simple things we do can have an important impact on the environment—like using an InSinkErator® disposer to keep food waste out of landfills.

Facts & Figures*
  • In the United States, about 250 million tons of municipal solid waste (otherwise known as trash or garbage) was generated in 2008.
  • About 135 million tons of municipal solid waste (54%) was discarded in landfills.
  • Food waste accounted for 31.79 million tons (or 12.7%) of total municipal solid waste.
  • Only 2.5% of the food waste generated was recovered.
  • The amount of food waste generated in the U.S. in 2008 (31.7million tons) has more than doubled since 1960 (12.2 million tons).

*Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2008

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The average American family of four generates 36 pounds of food waste each week—nearly 2,000 pounds a year.