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The holidays are coming and it’s that time of year to dine-in with family and friends. It’s also a time to be mindful about the food we eat and most importantly the food that we don’t eat. In the United States, 5 million tons of food is wasted between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day alone. Making small changes can go a long way. Make reasonable portions and consider donating the excess food to local organizations that work with community members to feed people in need.
Do you have extra non-perishable food after the holiday dinners and would like to donate it? Search “Food Donations” in the field above to find a food bank near you or call 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784) for more information. Some food banks even take prepared food and perishable food, be sure to call beforehand to ensure drop-off hours.
Some of our favorite holiday dishes are rich in fats and oils - that's what makes them good, right? While several types of food can be donated or composted, fats, oils and greases cannot be composted and should never be poured down kitchen sinks or drains. Although it may be seem convenient, these items clog household pipes and form “fatbergs” that block sewers. When the flow of wastewater is blocked by grease, it overflows into homes, streets, lawns, and storm drains, eventually making its way to the ocean. Washing cooking oil down the drain with soap or room temperature water will not prevent these damaging effects. Instead, residents should save their used cooking oil for proper disposal at a local collection facility.
To find the closest drop off location for grease, search “Oil – Cooking Oil” on the field above and for grease, compost and to get other recycling questions answered call 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784).