Food Waste Reduction and Recovery - At Home

Contact: Aaron Hiday, HidayA@Michigan.gov, 517-282-7546

Studies show that on average, a U.S. household wastes about a third of the food they purchase every year. This accounts for 30-40% of food loss in the US annually and is valuedEPA Food Recovery Hierarchy at roughly $240 billion dollars.

Food waste ends up costing consumers the most due to differences in wholesale and retail pricing. Some common reasons for food waste in the home are unplanned purchases and a lack of date label understanding. These tend to cause consumers to over purchase, resulting in food spoilage.

You can reduce food waste in your home by practicing proper food storage, meal preparation, and composting.

Additional Resources

Meal Preparation, Food Storage and Cooking with Scraps

Composting