Prevent Wasted Food  at Home

Image of hand scraping substantial amount of food from plate into garbage.

According to Oregon DEQ, food accounts for nearly 30 percent of all household garbage going into the landfill. About 40 percent of the food grown in the United States goes uneaten, yet Feeding America estimates one in seven Americans lacks a secure supply of food. Learn more about why preventing food waste matters

By making small shifts in how we shop, prepare and store food, we can waste less, save money and conserve the valuable resources associated with food production. 

About the Campaign 

The Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge is an opportunity for families in the Metro, Tri-county area to reduce the amount of food waste at home. Beaverton, Gresham and Washington County are providing information, tools, resources and support to families taking the Challenge. Challengers start by taking a pledge to practice SMART STORAGE by keeping their fruits and vegetables fresh. More smart strategies and tools are also available. 

Take the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge

Take the Challenge
The City of Beaverton is asking families to take a step to reduce food waste at home. The first step to take the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge is to pledge to practice SMART STORAGE by keeping your fruits and vegetables fresh. Click on the box to the left to take the Challenge and start today. City staff will follow up with you on opportunities to get tools and support to help you with your Challenge.

Get more tips on how to Store It Right at SaveTheFood.com

Learn more about SMART STORAGE

Image of fresh vegetables in a refrigerator container graphic link to SMART STORAGE web page.SMART STORAGE - Keep fruits and vegetables fresh

Other smart strategies your family can practice

Image of Kitchen scale graphic link to GET SMART web page.GET SMART - Measure how much food your family throws away over four weeks.
Image of crock pot with chicken soup graphic link to SMART SAVING web page.SMART SAVING - Eat what you buy
Image of woman selecting peppers at the grocery store graphic link to SMART SHOPPING web page.SMART SHOPPING - Buy what you need.
Image of hands cutting carrots on cutting board graphic link to SMART PREP web page.SMART PREP - Prepare now and eat later.

Get support online 

Connect with other Eat Smart, Waste Less Challengers and volunteers who are ready to answer your questions on the Facebook group. Or use #EatSmartWasteLessChallenge on Twitter. 

Acknowledgment 

Thank you to the West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for developing strategies to reduce household food waste

Contact us 

503-526-2665 or email Recyclingmail@BeavertonOregon.gov