There are a variety of ways to reduce food waste at home, which can save you money, help the environment, and possibly feed people who need it.

Stop waste at the source

Assess food purchasing and preparation in your business or home to reduce the volume of food waste that is generated.

Donate your surplus food

State and federal Good Samaritan laws protect you or your business from liability when you donate food that you believe is safe and edible. Many programs will come and pick up your surplus food for you on a regular or as needed basis.

What can be donated?

  • Fresh produce (Unopened or unused)
  • Dairy products (Unopened or unused)
  • Meat (Fresh chilled or frozen)
  • Unserved prepared entrees, side dishes, and desserts
  • Containers of food, beverages, condiments, sauces


Small scale commercial and home composting systems can process your food waste into a valuable soil amendment.

You can also divert food scraps to animal feed. Check with a local farmer.

More information

The Food: Too Good to Waste Toolkit (EPA)

Tips from Greatist and from the EPA.

Read more about the food waste crisis, and ways WSU is combatting it.