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Skagit Food Waste Prevention

Program Contact: Diane Smith, Associate Professor, Health Promotion and Food Access Specialist
(360) 395-2355 •

On our own, our efforts may feel like nothing…but when we all make small changes – the results can be huge!

Buy Wisely

Cook Carefully

Eat It All

Did you know?
The average Skagit County resident disposes of nearly 4 lbs. of waste every day, or 1,460 lbs. a year.

A family of four can save an average of $1800 per year by preventing food waste.

Did you know?
An estimated 25% of the food lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million people.

Did you know?
Here in the United States, 40% of all food is wasted. In contrast, one out of every eight people is food insecure, one in six being children.

Did you know?
In Washington, the Department of Ecology found that 17% of all garbage sent to landfills is food waste, and up to 8% was edible at the time of disposal.

Food waste prevention strategies reduce the amount of food waste being created.

Food Rescue and Composting reduce the amount of edible food that is discarded in a landfill.

Prevention is the priority, and now is the time to take action!

What are the words used to describe food waste prevention?

  • Wasted Food: the edible portion of food waste.
  • Prevention: refers to avoiding the wasting of food in the first place and represents the greatest potential for cost savings and environmental benefits for us all.
  • Rescue: refers to the redistribution of surplus edible food to other users.
  • Recovery: refers to processing inedible food waste to extract value from it, through Composting or Vermiculture.