Reducing Food Waste
Why Reduce Food in the Waste Stream: Food Waste makes up the majority of commercial waste in Spokane County. Due population growth and expanding industrial activity we have created new and ever-mounting problems involving solid waste materials. It is necessary to change manufacturing and purchasing practices, waste generation behaviors that reduce the amount of waste that becomes a governmental responsibility. Through this process we can save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut waste management costs, and protect the environment.
Current status: Spokane County
- Residential Disposed Food Waste 16,005 tons of food waste = 32,010,000 pounds of compostable food waste
- Self-haul Disposed Waste 675 tons= 1350000
- Commercial Disposed Waste 11,420 tons=22,840,000 (Spokane County Solid Waste Management Plan Spokane County Solid Waste Management Plan data from 2012)
- In Spokane, master composters teach citizens how to compost their own kitchen, yard and garden waste.
- Here are directions for Composting with Worms.
- Spokane County has instituted a Food Scrap and Food-Soiled Paper Collection program associated with the clean green cart for residents that do not care to have a home compost pile.
- The Green Zone is a free, public outdoor and indoor learning center located at the Washington State University/Spokane County Extension offices. See their section on composting