Prevent Food Waste at Home

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The average U.S. household throws away over 20 percent of all food they purchase. That is like going to the store, leaving one of your five bags in the parking lot and driving away. At the same time, one in six Americans lacks a secure supply of food. Learn more about why preventing food waste matters

By making small shifts in how we shop, prepare and store food, we waste less, save money and conserve the valuable resources associated with food production.  

One step is to store fruits and vegetables properly. Many households store much of their fruit on the counter, however apples and citrus fruits last the longest when they are stored in the refrigerator. If you want them warm, just take what your family will eat that day out of the fridge in the morning. 

Take the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge

Take the Challenge online and request tools to help. Learn more about the steps you can takePDF icon

About the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge

The Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge is an opportunity for families in the tri-county area to reduce the amount of food waste at home. Information, tools, resources and support are provided by Washington and Clackamas counties and the cities of  Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Gresham. 

To learn about the Challenge and what your jurisdiction is doing, click on the button for where you live below. 

Washington County challenge button

Including the cities of Banks, Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, King City, North Plains, Sherwood, Tigard and Tualatin, and other unincorporated communities
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Not sure which jurisdiction you live in?

Type in your address on the Metromap website to find.  


Thank you to the West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for developing strategies to reduce household food waste.