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EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy

Food Recovery PyramidFood Recovery PyramidThe Environmental Protection Agency provides a wide range of tools to help consumers learn more about reducing the amount of food wasted every year.

According to the EPA, 33 million tons of food waste was sent to landfill in 2010, making food waste the single largest category of landfilled trash. To help identify the most effecitve strategies for reducing food waste, the EPA has created the Food Recovery Hierarchy.

Interestingly, composting is the 2nd to last option (before the landfill) in reducing food waste. We should try to eliminate food waste before it starts and follow the Food Recovery Hierarchy to get the most out of the food we produce.

The Food Recovery Hierarchy:

  1. Source Reduction
  2. Feeding Hungry People
  3. Feeding Animals
  4. Industrial Uses
  5. Composting
  6. Landfill/Incineration

To learn more about the EPA's efforts to help reduce food waste, visit: