Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Hierarchy for Food

Here are a few easy-to-implement strategies that Master Recyclers can use to encourage area residents to minimize both downstream and upstream costs of food waste.

  • Send food scraps to home compost and worm bins.
  • Donate extra food to the Oregon Food Bank.
  • Support restaurants that participate in Fork It Over and composts if possible in the City where they are.
  • Use tools like package serving size labels, scales, & measuring cups to ensure you prepare and/or eat the right amount.
  • Use some common items to help visualize portion size.
  • Plan before you shop using a shopping list, checking cupboards and planning out meals ahead of time.
  • Identify meals you can cook once and eat twice (like pasta salad) and cook larger meals that can be reheated throughout the week.
  • When shopping look at pull dates and buy food with dates that are realistic for you to get to in time.
  • Store, freeze, and can foods to ensure they last longer.
  • Keep a supply of staples that can fill out leftovers.
  • Buy local food.
  • Take sustainable food classes.
  • Join Jonathan Bloom’s blog to stay informed.
  • Check out for more tips and waste prevention recipes.