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How To Reduce Food Waste This Thanksgiving

Food in the landfill.

Credit: Courtesy of I Love A Clean San Diego

Above: Food in the landfill.

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Food is the single largest item disposed of in landfills, amounting to each person tossing an average of 20 pounds of food per month.

Aired: November 25, 2019 | Transcript

Many of us are fortunate enough to have Thanksgiving dinners overflowing with main dishes, side dishes, snacks and desserts. All that food makes for a welcoming table, but it can also lead to a serious amount of food waste. And it’s not just a problem at Thanksgiving.

Individuals throw out an average of 20 pounds of food per month, making food the single largest item disposed of in landfills in the United States.

Decomposing food in a landfill creates methane gas, a powerful greenhouse gas that traps heat and warms the atmosphere.

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Food waste is an environmental problem, a social problem considering 1 in 7 San Diegans face food insecurity and an economic problem that costs an average of $1,500 a year, per family.

Ian Monahan with I Love A Clean San Diego joined Midday Edition with a few tips on how to prevent food waste this Thanksgiving holiday.

Tips For Reducing Food Waste

  • Use the Guest-imator website to help you determine how much food to buy
  • Reduce meat dishes and increase veggie dishes
  • Let guests serve themselves
  • Use smaller plates and serving spoons
  • Ask guests to bring to-go containers
  • Get creative with leftovers

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