Enough Wasted Food for a Roll-Off Container

Enough Wasted Food for a Roll-Off Container – stop it!

food waste because of "use by" dates. Did you know, that America throws away roughly 40 percent of its food every year? (According to a 2012 report by the National Resources Defense Council) That’s about $165 BILLION in wasted groceries and more than 20 pounds of food per person each month! It’s simple to say, we have a food-waste problem, and it’s hurting our wallets and the people most in need. If you are asking yourself, “What can I do to change these numbers?” Well, you can do a lot. Here are some places to start.

Stop worrying about “use by this date”

Most of the time, “use by” dates are not government regulated and typically don’t have anything to do with food safety. “Best if used by (or before)” and “use by” Refers to the quality of food, not the safety of it. This should be used more as a freshness guide, not as a hard-and-fast rule. The only federally regulated “use by” this date that should most defiantly be followed are infant formulas.

Ask for Ugly Produce

A great way to save money as well as not wasting food is to ask for ugly produce, such as imperfect looking fruits and vegetables. When people shop at a store, they’ll only buy the ideal looking fruits and vegetables. Leaving the misshaped ones to be thrown into a landfill. Even though that they still hold the same taste and nutritious values.

Buy From Bulk Bins

Buying in bulk not only reduces the amount of plastic we use, it also saves money and you’ll end up wasting less food! A study done by the NRDC showed that people who bought in bulk saved 89%!

You can normally buy things like nuts, dried fruit, grains, beans, seeds and spices are typically available, in addition to granola, cereal and baking supplies.

Donate What You Won’t Use

A study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says around 14 percent of American households cannot afford enough food to live active, healthy lifestyles. Instead of throwing away your food you won’t use, try to donate it to a shelter or church!

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Reduce Our Use of Water and Power – Marietta, GA

Children of Marietta teach how to Reduce our use of water and power in a poster contest!

On October 8, 2014, eight students were honored from Park Street Elementary School for their accomplishments. October 5-11, 2014 was Public Power and Clean Water Week. The students were asked to design posters illustrating preservation of water through source protection and conservation.

In an effort to educate citizens of all ages about Public Power and Clean Water Week, Marietta’s Board of Lights and Water held a poster contest for its adopted school, Park Street Elementary. The poster contest was judged using the themes below for both Public Power and Clean Water Week:

Clean Water Contest Winners

  • Theme: “Why Water is Important to Me”
  • Grand Prize: $100 Takara Scurry, 5th grade
  • 1st Place: $50 Hamzah Hilali, 4th grade
  • 2nd Place: $25 Nathaly Santos, 3rd grade
  • 3rd Place: $15 Angel Matias, 3rd grade

Public Power Contest Winners

  • Theme: “Why Electricity is Important to Me”
  • Grand Prize: $100 Jaleel Smith, 3rd grade
  • 1st Place: $50 Myles Cook, 3rd grade
  • 2nd Place: $25 Valeria Virgen, 4th grade
  • 3rd Place: $15 Trinity Williams, 3rd grade

We ask you We Reduce Our Use

The Board of Light and Water is organized to create, build, operate and supply water systems, electrical systems, cable television systems, sewer systems, telecommunications systems and all other utilities. The board adopted Park Street Elementary to challenge the students to create posters that would show how our community can reduce our use of natural resources.

R & R Containers cares about our community and congratulate these young people.