Prevent Waste

Love Food, Stop Waste

Interesting fact: 40% of food goes uneaten

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What you can do

Buy only what you need

  • Create a realistic meal plan—decide what you’re going to eat before you go to the grocery store
  • Make a shopping list based on your meal plan and include how much you need of each item.
  • Stick to your shopping list—use a smaller shopping cart or hand basket to resist special deals and impulse buys.
  • Buy only the amounts you need—shop from bulk bins and choose loose fruits and vegetables instead of pre-packaged foods.
  • Try a meal-planning app like Paprika or The Fresh 20*, or find more tips here.

Store food to stay fresh longer

  • Shop for locally-grown food so it’s fresh when you get it.
  • Use a food storage guide to learn how to store food to last longer.
  • Store food in clear containers so you can see what needs to be eaten.


Remember what you have

  • Store new items behind the old to help you remember to use the older food first.
  • Use a whiteboard to keep track of what you have that needs to be used up.
  • Create an “Eat First” box or shelf for foods that need to be eaten soon (see example in King County’s Smart Saving video).


Understand date labels

  • Date labels are about best quality, not safety. Check out the USDA’s Food Product Dating Fact Sheet and learn how to tell for yourself if food has gone bad, instead of relying on date labels.
  • Infant formula is the only exception. It should not be used after the “Use-By” date.
  • Check out Stilly Tasty for info on the shelf life of foods or the USDA’s Food Keeper app for recommended food storage times.


Make cooking and eating easy

  • Prepare food ahead of time—snacks like celery sticks and pre-cooked batches of food—to make meal prep easier during the week.
  • Plan your portions to cook just the right amount of food.
  • Reduce waste on plates. Serve food on smaller plates or give smaller portions and let people go back for seconds.


Save food before it goes bad


Help your community waste less food

  • Ask your favorite grocery stores and restaurants to sell smaller sizes, offer bargain bins, and donate food.
  • Volunteer at one of Redmond’s food rescue groups, such as Hopelink, to help feed local families.
  • Encourage your friends and family to waste less food.


Why it matters

Why it matters

But what about composting? Composting is great for the environment, but eating the food we buy (preventing food from becoming waste) is even better!


The City of Redmond does not endorse any of these services or guarantee the quality of the service provided. There may be other services qualified to offer these services in addition to those listed.

Quick Tips

Additional Resources

Check out these websites for more information, tools, and videos to help you reduce your food waste at home.


For more information about Redmond’s Love Food, Stop Waste program, contact Eberley Barragán at or 425-556-2832.