food-waste

Food Waste Opportunities

Food Waste Opportunities

Between 33-50% of all food produced globally is never eaten, and the value of this wasted food is worth over $1 trillion.

Water Footprint of Food

Water Footprint of Food

According to the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank, inside the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted every year worldwide is 45 trillion gallons of water.

Municipal Solid Waste in Asia

Municipal Solid Waste in Asia

Supporting countries to make critical solid waste management policy and planning decisions is key, but finance and implementation constraints at the local level still pose some of the biggest barriers to successful systems.

Methane Emissions Exacerbate Climate Impacts

Methane Emissions Exacerbate Climate Impacts

If methane leaks into the air before being used, it absorbs the sun's heat, warming the atmosphere. For this reason, it's considered a greenhouse gas, like carbon dioxide.

Over Half of the World's Food Loss and Waste Occurs in Asia

Over Half of the World's Food Loss and Waste Occurs in Asia

More than half a billion people in the Asia Pacific region suffer from hunger, yet an estimated 42 percent of fruit and vegetables and a fifth of the grains produced here are lost or wasted, leading the region to launch a campaign to cut down on food waste.

Waste in Asia

Waste in Asia

In a region known for takeaway street food culture and single-use plastic, Southeast Asia’s limited waste management services and infrastructure contributes to mismanagement of more than 75 percent of plastic waste according to the UN Environment Programme.

Food Waste in the United States

Food Waste in the United States

Research has found that Americans waste about a pound of food per person each day, with people who have healthier diets rich in fruit and vegetables the most wasteful. About 150,000 tons of food is tossed out in US households each day, equivalent to about a third of the daily calories that each American consumes.

Food Loss and Waste Problem

Food Loss and Waste Problem

Wasting food has been called the “world’s dumbest environmental problem.” Every year, the average family of four in the U.S. tosses roughly $2,000 in food; 30 to 40 percent of food produced in this country ends up discarded.

Most of What Is In Your Garbage Bag Does Not Belong There

Most of What Is In Your Garbage Bag Does Not Belong There

When people toss food, all the resources to grow, ship and produce it get chucked, too, including massive volumes of water. It’s not always possible to prevent food waste from happening, so if it does occur, then the best is to try and make use of it.

Food Takes Up Largest Percentage of Municipal Landfill Waste in the US

Food Takes Up Largest Percentage of Municipal Landfill Waste in the US

When we waste food, we not only add organic materials to landfills (where they generate methane, a powerful global warming pollutant), but we also waste all the water, land, energy, money, labor, and other resources that go into growing, processing, distributing, and storing that food.