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The Clark County Green Neighbors Program is coordinated by Clark County Public Health’s Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt.

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2022 Food Waste Prevention Week


Food waste is a global concern in which cities, states and organizations across the country are coming together to offer helpful hints in wasting less. Clark County Public Health is participating in Food Waste Prevention week April 4-8, 2022. Hosted by Save the Food Florida, their mission is "to support a healthier environment and help families save money by educating the public about reducing food waste at home, at work, and in their communities.

According to Save the Food, reducing food waste:

  • Saves money
  • Protects the environment
  • Reduces hunger

How can you get involved? 

  • Look for events during Food Waste Prevention Week on the Green Neighbors calendar. Hear about the different facets of food waste, from federal policy measures to kick-starting local action to preventing waste while cooking at home.
  • Commit to reducing food waste by taking a pledge.
  • Play Bad Apple Bingo for a chance to win prizes!

Other ways to prevent good food from going bad: 

At home

  • Save leftovers and store/freeze food in portion-ready containers
  • Cook only what is needed for that meal
  • Make one night a weekly "leftover" night to empty the refrigerator before shopping again
  • Pay attention to what you throw away; it will influence your next shopping trip
  • Keep kitchen essentials on hand (e.g. grains, spices, sauces) that bring new life to old meals
  • Freeze ripe fruits and vegetables for baking, cooking and filling in gaps in recipes

When shopping

  • Plan menus for the week and prepare a shopping list
  • Stick to your shopping list
  • Match your shopping to the reality of your week
  • Buy smaller quantities, if appropriate, to avoid spoilage and waste
  • Don't shop hungry
  • Pay in cash so the amount you're spending is tangible
  • If you bought items that you won't use, donate them before the expiration date

At work

  • If you bring a lunch, bring only what you will eat
  • Share with others
  • If ordering takeout/delivery, save leftovers or share an order
  • Bring leftovers from last night's dinner

For additional resources and information about Food Waste Prevention Week, check out Save the Food Florida's website

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