Food waste weighing down U.S. food system

About 35 million tons of food was dumped in landfills across the United States in 2012. That figure compares to 29 million tons of plastic and 24 million tons of paper.

Food is the largest single source of waste in the U.S. More food ends up in landfills than plastic, more than paper. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 20 percent of what goes into municipal landfills is food. Food waste tipped the scale at 35 million tons in 2012, the most recent year estimates are available. Continue Reading →