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Holiday meal planning reduces food waste and clogged pipes


Last updated 11/30/2017 at Noon

SAN DIEGO – Holiday meals are some of the most anticipated of the year, so why do many throw away almost half of them?

While that seems outrageous, in the U.S., 40 percent of the food supply is wasted. That’s approximately 133 billion pounds of food being thrown away annually. Meanwhile, 42 million Americans struggle to avoid hunger daily.

On average, San Diegans throw away 5.5 pounds of trash a day, the most per capita compared to all other major urban counties in the state. Fifteen percent of that is food waste, adding up to almost 500,000 pounds each year.

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