We can reduce the amount of food waste that's sent to the landfill in three ways: prevent food waste from occurring, rescue edible food and distribute it to those in need, and recycle food waste through activities such as composting.
SWACO launched the Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative (COFWI) in September 2018 as a collaborative effort using the collective impact model to reduce food waste and leverage it as a resource to benefit Central Ohio. This group of more than 60 public and private organizations was tasked with collaboratively developing a Food Waste Action Plan with the goal of cutting our region's food waste in half by 2030.
The action plan, which was released earlier this month, focuses on three priorities: preventing food waste, rescuing edible food waste and recycling food waste.
The action plan includes 19 solution areas, many of which are currently being developed, including a consumer-focused education campaign, as well as collaborative food-waste-reduction programs with local schools.
To learn more about the Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative, view the Food Waste Action Plan, or learn about ways you can reduce the amount of food waste you create, go to cofwi.org.