Mayor Damon Seils has proclaimed April 10 -16, 2023 to be Food Waste Prevention Week, urging all citizens to commit to reducing food waste.
Food is the single largest category of material placed in municipal landfills and municipal landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States. Over one-third of the food produced in the United Stated is never eaten and North Carolina residents generated about 3.5 billion pounds of food waste in 2019.
While North Carolina ranks tenth in the nation for food insecurity, particularly among minority and low-income populations, a family of four could save an average of $1,800 a year on uneaten food.
Preventing and reducing food waste presents opportunities to increase food security for all, foster productivity and economic efficiency, preserve our natural resources, promote energy conservation, and address climate change.
Preventing food waste will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, supporting Carrboro’s Community Climate Action Plan goal for the Town and community to reduce 2010 levels of greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2030. A reduction is integral in meeting the goals of the Carrboro Connects comprehensive plan.
We will be sharing simple solutions on our social media all week for reducing food waste at home, work, school, and in our communities.
Check back daily for tips and to test your knowledge about food waste!