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Food Too Good to Waste Challenge and Kickoff

October 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Food Too Good to Waste Challenge and Kickoff

Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

City of Charlotte SWS
1105 Otts Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205

Free with registration

Are you wasting money by throwing out food? Whether it’s because too much food was prepared or that fresh produce was forgotten about, food not being consumed before it spoils accounts for two-thirds of all household food waste and about $1,600 wasted yearly.

According to research conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), food waste is the “largest stream of materials in American trash.” Food waste is a huge environmental, economic, and social problem. It not only generates billions of dollars in losses for the American economy, but also accounts for 23% of methane emissions into the atmosphere.

On October 26, 2017 from 6:30-8 p.m. learn how to prepare and store your food properly to minimize your food waste and get information and materials needed for Food Too Good to Waste Challenge.

Register for this event and get involved in the Food Too Good to Waste Challenge. A six-week challenge to help reduce food waste and save money!

Things we can do now to improve the environment:

  • Minimize the items we throw in the garbage. i.e. avoid the garbage can at all costs.
  • Shop/buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Example: farmers’ market
  • Make use of community gardens.
  • Buy in bulk using the bulk section at the grocery stores, the less packaging the better.
  • Shop closeout stores.
  • Eat in, do potlucks!
  • Don’t get individual baggies for your produce, place all items in one reusable bag.
  • Visit healthycommunitiesclt.com for more fun facts and tips.

A few money saving tips: 

  • We can manage our food waste by being conscious about how we shop, prepare and store food.
  • Start by buying only what you need.
  • Keep fruits and vegetables fresh by storing them in their proper place.
  • Prepare perishable food as soon as possible, preferably right after shopping.
  • Be mindful of left overs and old ingredients that need to be used sooner rather than later.
  • Freeze leftovers that won’t be eaten within three days.
  • In previous challenges, by the end of the six weeks, families were able to reduce their food waste by 25% or more.

If you can’t make the event, you can pick-up your trash can, kitchen scale and resource manual at the Solid Waste Facility (1105 Otts Street) from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27.

You may compete as a team (up to 10 members), just email Solid Waste at curbit@charlottenc.gov.

Register for the Food Too Good to Waste Challenge event!

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October 26, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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City of Charlotte SWS
1105 Otts Street
Charlotte, NC 28205 United States