Public Works Focuses on Stopping Food Waste

Did you know that Californians throw away nearly six (6) million tons of food scraps or food waste each year (CalRecycle)? Some of this food was still fresh enough to have been made into a soup or casserole.

By wasting food there are financial and environmental impacts. A family of four could lose at least $1,500 a year on wasted food or a lot of water may be wasted if produce is landfilled. For example, according to, water wasted, measured in shower minutes to grow a pound of bananas, is 42 minutes.

In addition to water wasted, “methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributing to global climate change (CalRecycle).

By making small shifts in how you shop, store, and prepare food, you can save money and keep food from going to waste. Check out STOP FOOD WASTE DAY for a toolkit or visit for tips on how to save money and feed your belly instead of the landfill. Their web site offers a complete media kit with posters, videos, social media postings, and more.

The City of Culver City’s Organics Collection Program – Inedible food scraps such as banana peels, potato peels, and bones should be placed in the green or brown organics bin. Culver City also sells backyard compost bins and kitchen pails. If you have any questions regarding the organics collection program or need an organics container, please visit our Public Works Environmental Programs and Operations Division’s Trash and Recycling webpage or call our customer service team at (310) 253-6400.

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