Food is a precious resource and there’s a lot more to save than money when we reduce wasted food. One in four Oregonians are facing food insecurity, while about 40 percent of the food that is grown, processed, packaged, and distributed in the U.S. is never eaten. Wasted food is also a leading cause of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Reducing lost or wasted food, keeping it out of the landfill, and getting it to those who need it is part of several high impact actions in the Beaverton Climate Action Plan. Find out more about the plan at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Green.
Efficiently plan, shop, prepare, cook, store, and dispose of food.
Don’t Let Good Food Go Bad – 85 percent of Oregon households agree they could do more to reduce food spoilage. This new campaign helps motivate folks to take simple steps in that direction. Check out the facts, learn tips, and have a laugh at dontletgoodfoodgobad.org. Get additional tips and resources to save your family money at EatSmartWasteLess.com.
Compost – There’s always going to be food scraps: onion skins, banana peels, bones etc. Instead of throwing them in the garbage bin, compost them! If you are a Beaverton community member with yard waste collection you can include food scraps with your yard waste and it will be taken to a local composting facility. If you don’t have yard waste service, consider backyard composting or building your own worm bin.
To learn more visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Compost.
At Work and School
For most food-generating businesses, edible food can be donated to a local organization (minimum quantities required) and food scraps service is included with garbage service, just like recycling. The city offers free collection bins for your kitchen areas and other resources to help get you started. Once you separate food waste from the garbage, it becomes easy to see what is being wasted and how to prevent it. Food scraps collected in Beaverton are sent to local facilities that turn that waste either into energy or nutrient-rich compost that is utilized by local farms, gardeners, and landscape professionals.
For more information and resources on food donation and food scraps collection, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/FoodAtWork.
The city is dedicated to reducing the impacts of climate change, eliminating hunger, and helping you reduce wasted food at home, school, and work. For tips and resources, please check out the following:
Food and Essential Needs Access: Care to Share and the Beaverton Resource Center Beavertonresourcecenter.org/care-to-share.
Get emergency food or volunteer 503-591-9025.
The city is dedicated to reducing the impacts of climate change. Enhance livability is one of the goals highlighted in the award-winning Community Vision plan. An update of the Community Vision plan is underway. Find out how you can take part at http://www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Vision.