An astonishing 30-40 percent of food supplied in the United States goes to waste, and up to 95 percent of that food waste across the country ends up in the landfill. Food waste is costly and a burden on our environment, but it's largely preventable.
Here are five easy ways to reduce food waste and help contribute to a more sustainable future:
Our favorite restaurants provide much-needed relief for the sometimes cumbersome task of cooking. However, we're often left full before finishing the heaping plate of pasta, and the rest is tossed. Next time, consider asking your waiter or waitress for a box, and taking your leftovers to work for lunch the next day. Or better yet, bring a reusable container with you on your evening out to pack those leftovers. This not only reduces waste, but saves you from rushing to pack your lunch.
As the old adage goes, "sharing is caring." Some individuals, who care deeply about the environment and eliminating food waste, have taken this saying to the next level. OLIO, a free food-sharing app, connects neighbors to each other so surplus food can be shared instead of thrown away. This innovative approach to food sharing hasn't made its way to the U.S., but the concept can be applied at the local level. Form a network of friends or neighbors to connect with via social media or in person. Start a food sharing group for the next time you need a cup of sugar or an egg for your famous chocolate cake. You can deliver a slice of cake later to say thank you.
In a hurry, you picked up the family-size can of diced tomatoes instead of the 14.5-ounce can the recipe calls for. Rather than tossing the unused tomatoes, use them for a scrumptious soup the next day. Here are dozens of recipes for more food-saving ideas.
CUT DOWN RECIPES.
Recipes are wonderful, often saving us time and the headache of trial and error. But many recipes are seemingly designed for large families, and knowing how to pair the ingredients down for your table of one or two can be overwhelming. Check out this helpful chart for cutting down recipes and food waste.
BUY AS YOU GO.
Fresh produce is great for your health, but spoils easily. The best way to cut down on perishable food waste, is to buy as you go. On your weekly shopping trip, only purchase the items you need. Read on for some more tips on reducing produce spoilage.
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LCSWMA Welcomes New CFO
Early this month, LCSWMA announced the hire of Michael Lane as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Lane's responsibilities include preserving and growing LCSWMA's assets by directing all financial and information technology activities of the organization. He oversees financial reporting, the fiscal planning and accounting cycles, treasury and risk management, in addition to directing LCSWMA's technology infrastructure and information systems. Lane also contributes to the development of organizational strategies by pursuing the highest value opportunities for LCSWMA's assets.
Prior to joining LCSWMA, Lane was an auditor with Ernst & Young LLP's Harrisburg & Philadelphia practices. He also previously held progressive roles in the waste and consumer products industries, most recently serving as the Controller for KVK-Tech Inc., where he oversaw reporting, planning, administration and supply chain operations.
Lane joined the LCSWMA executive team in July 2016. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and several professional certifications including: Six Sigma, Procurement, Project Management and Microsoft ERP.