Guilty of Food Waste publicity image

Just How Much Food Do We Throw Away? In CT, $800+ a Year: Ways To Do Better

Download PDF

If you want to help the environment by reducing waste, reducing the amount of food and food scraps you throw out is a big component. According to a recent survey, if you could avoid toss out the average amount for a Connecticut household, that amounts to $873 a year, or over a fifth (21 percent) of what the normal household spends — you’d save money you could spend on yourself or others. Joining the new Darien Food Scrap Recycling Program is one way to do it. In addition to that (or instead of it, if food scrap recycling is one additional task too many for you), just knowing when you don’t really have to throw out food may help you cut down on the amount. (In this article we’ve included information from experts about how safe it is to keep certain food refrigerated.)

A survey of how much food we throw out, broken down by state, was paid for by New York City-based Klein Kitchen & Bath, a remodel and design firm.

Recycling Center pot 3-12-16

Recycling Food Waste: Will Darien Someday Do It? Ridgefield Does

Download PDF

This interesting post on Facebook from the Darien Recycling Center mentions that Ridgefield recycles food waste and asks if Darien ever will:

Is recycling food waste in Darien’s future? Programs recently began in both Ridgefield and Newtown where residents can take all food scraps to a drop-off — it is then transported to a composting facility in Danbury. More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste nationwide! To learn more about Ridgefield’s program, click here [for an online flyer about the town program, or just scroll down — we’ve published it below — editor]


Here’s more information from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection:

Commercial and residential food scrap recycling pilot projects
Another Web page on composting organic waste