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Food Waste Assessment Tools

Food Waste Assessment Tools

The first step in reducing waste is to measure and track the amount, type of, and the source of the food and packaging waste. A food and packaging waste audit serves as the foundation for reduction efforts. Information on the waste type (i.e., bell peppers or chicken breasts) and reason for loss (i.e., over-preparation or improper cooking) is critical to make meaningful changes. By using EPA’s food waste assessment tools, food service establishments can:

  • Save money by reducing over-purchasing and disposal costs
  • Reduce environmental impacts
  • Support efforts to eliminate hunger
  • Increase tax benefits by donating food; and
  • Support community waste reduction efforts.

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