West River Farmers Market to Host Wasted Food Awareness Day
Join the Londonderry Solid Waste Group and the Northeast Recycling Council at the West River Farmers’ Market on Saturday, August 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Wasted Food Awareness Day to promote greater awareness about wasted food reduction, recovery and composting. Activities will include a compost display and children’s activities. ‘Ask a Compost Expert’ will provide the opportunity to ask questions about composting food scraps and other food waste reduction ideas.
As much as 40 percent of the food in the US is wasted. Households account for about 47 percent of wasted food, with the average American family throwing out around a quarter of their food purchases, amounting to about $1,600 a year. Meanwhile 13 percent of Vermont households are food insecure, meaning they lack access to enough food to fully meet basic needs. Taking a bite out of wasted food can help families save money while helping communities and the environment. Less food waste reduces air and water pollution, conserves resources, cuts greenhouse gas emissions, and can reallocate resources to feed hungry people. The first-ever US food waste reduction goal was recently adopted, calling for a 50 percent reduction by 2030. In Vermont, food and other organic materials from residents make up 18 percent of the trash. Residents of the towns of Londonderry, Landgrove, Peru, Weston, and Windham can bring their food scraps to the Londonderry Recycling and Transfer Station to be turned into compost. Food scrap collection is offered at no cost to residents and helps participants to lower their disposal fees.