What's For Dinner? Plan your meals to help reduce the amount of edible food thrown in the garbage.
Each week, the average Pierce County household throws away three pounds of edible food. Multiply that by all of the households in the county and it quickly adds up to 15,000 tons of wasted food going to the landfill every year.
A simple way to waste less food is to plan meals ahead of time and shop for groceries with a list. If that's easier said than done, we can help you get started.
Experiences = Waste-Free Gifts
The holidays can be stressful (and wasteful). This year, try giving the gift of an experience to someone you love. Here are just a few suggestions for things to do in Pierce County:
Choose Your Own Adventure
Spend a day together! Go to a movie, bake cookies, go fishing, make crafts, play games or visit a park. The possibilities are endless.
Love Your Leftovers Use these tips to avoid wasted food this Thanksgiving.
Use leftovers as ingredients for future meals.
The internet abounds with recipes that use leftovers. And it’s not just turkey. Make waffles out of leftover stuffing, add cranberry sauce to a grilled cheese sandwich or to replace the jelly in a PB&J. You can also use up extra vegetables by tucking them into a turkey pot pie.
Send your guests home with a snack for later.
If you think you have more than you can eat over the next few days, pack up leftovers for your guests in reusable containers like empty yogurt and dairy tubs.
Understanding Food Package Dates
Pierce County households threw away an average of 203 pounds of edible food in 2015.
When you use the date on a package to decide, you are likely to trash food that is safe to eat.
DIY Project Reducing waste shouldn't be a chore. Have fun making your own reusable items. If you are handy with a sewing machine try making your own reusable sandwich and snack bags.
Compost Your Food Waste
It's easy to compost your food waste at home with a worm bin. You don't need a lot of space and the compost makes a great fertilizer for your plants. Take a free class to learn how to get started.