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Profiles in Garbage: Food Waste

Food waste is the largest component of MSW.

Food waste includes uneaten portions of meals and trimmings from food preparation. It is the largest component of generated waste by weight. Food waste is the largest component of discarded waste by weight.

Estimates of the amount of food waste vary widely. EPA estimates that we each discard 0.64 pounds per day or 233 pounds per year. Other estimates ar

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