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Zero Waste Arlington plans to host a webinar, "We Are What We Don’t Eat: Understanding the Food-Waste Problem," on Thursday, April 13. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register for free here  >>

According to the group, "Awareness of the plastic-waste crisis is growing, but food waste is actually the largest component of municipal waste in the United States, filling up a larger portion of the landfill than plastics or textiles. More than one-third of all U.S. food-waste occurs in our homes. How do we reduce the environmental impact of excess food and food waste?"

Zero Waste Arlington says that it plans to address this question in two webinars.

"In this [first] webinar [tonight], we will look at the big picture, with Elise Springuel from Food Link, Justin Sandler of Black Earth Compost and John Fischer from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Our panelists will discuss the energy used to produce, transport and rescue food; the scope of the challenge of household and business waste; and what policies the commonwealth is implementing.

"In the next webinar (date yet to be announced), we will take a more local view, sharing local stories of food-waste diversion, including strategies for meal planning and purchasing less, tips for longer food storage, understanding food label dates and backyard composting."

April 2, 2023: We are what we DON’T eat: Environmental impact of food waste


This news announcement based on information from Priya Sankalia of Zero Waste Arlington was published Monday, April 3, 2023. YourArlington volunteer Kim Haase prepared it for publication.