Food Waste

Participate in Food Waste Action Week 2022

1 Mar 2022

The aim of Food Waste Action Week (March 7-13, 2022) is to create lasting change that helps to deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of halving global food waste by 2030. The global awareness campaign is led by Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in connection with their Love Food, Hate Waste campaign. The Action Week will highlight the connection between food waste and climate change, with the goal of engaging citizens to take action to reduce their own food waste.

EPA Requests Applications, Provides Webinar on Food Waste Research

28 Dec 2021

EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to develop, apply and test innovative and creative community-engaged approaches to reducing household food waste in the United States. 

Food waste is a global environmental, social and economic challenge. When food is wasted, the resources used to produce it – water, energy, fertilizers – and transport it are wasted as well. Reducing food waste significantly contributes to the prevention and reduction of air, water and land pollution and helps combat climate change. 

City of Eugene Love Food Not Waste Program Selected for 2021 ICMA Program Excellence Award

20 Sep 2021

Love Food Not WasteThe City of Eugene, who is sponsoring the "Never Stop Learning: Where You Are, In Your Language" session at Sustainable Oregon 2021, has received an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Program Excellence Award for its Love Food Not Waste® (LFNW) program, which was selected as a 202

EPA’s Northwest Regional Food Recovery Challenge Winners Both Oregon-Based this Year

4 May 2020

The scope and scale of the food waste challenge in America is daunting. Recognizing the gravity,  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through its EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge  program, is encouraging and empowering local programs to craft local solutions to this pervasive problem. EPA is incentivizing participation in the program by showcasing local food waste prevention champions, both nationally and regionally.

Food goes to waste amid coronavirus crisis

6 Apr 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is leading the food industry and regulators to change policies as they grapple with empty shelves, a glut of fresh produce and milk, and sudden shifts in consumer buying habits.

The problem isn’t a shortage of food and commodities. If anything, food waste is becoming a bigger issue as traditionally big, bulk buyers — like college dorms and restaurant chains — suddenly stop receiving deliveries. As a result, millions of gallons of milk are being dumped, and farmers have no alternative but to turn fresh vegetables into mulch.

DEQ Wasted Food Measurement Study

16 Sep 2019

DEQ has completed a major milestone in its food waste prevention work, and recently published its findings on the Oregon Wasted Food Study. This study tracked wasted food in both urban and rural households—using quantitative and qualitative research methods—to increase our understanding of how much, what, and why food is discarded by people in Oregon. This work was conducted by Portland State University’s Community Environmental Services.

Key findings include: