SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Environmental nonprofit I Love A Clean San Diego has released a set of tips for cooks and eaters to avoid food waste on the food-centric holiday, which sends millions of pounds of uneaten food to landfills every year.
According to the nonprofit, about 40% of all food produced in the U.S. never gets eaten. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans waste 25% more than during the rest of the year.
Food is the single largest material disposed of in U.S. landfills today, amounting to each person tossing an average of 20 pounds of food per month into the trash at a cost of approximately $1,500 per year, per family.
The environmental nonprofit points out food decomposes anaerobically -- without oxygen -- in landfills and releases methane gas, a driver of