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May 19, 2009

Green Your Garbage: Food

Mother Nature says clean your plate Let's talk trash: Americans generate around 250 million tons of it annually. This week, we'll provide tips for reducing, reusing, and recycling your garbage.

Tip #2: Reduce Food Waste

When it comes to portion size, Americans tend to overdo it. More than 25 percent of the food we prepare ends up in the trash. When food decomposes in landfills under anaerobic conditions, it contributes to global warming by producing methane. Order smaller portions at restaurants or split one entree between two people. The next time your eyes are bigger than your stomach, take home leftovers in a reusable container. If you've got the basics down, you can rev up your waste-reduction efforts by food gleaning or advocating for irregularly shaped produce, which is often rejected by grocery stores and left to rot in fields.

Share your tips: How do you keep food waste out of the landfill?

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