Food waste stops with me

Food Waste

Oregon's love of food runs deep. The evidence is all around us—in restaurants, diners and cafes that use local, fresh ingredients and create the distinctive cuisine that Oregon is known for. But to show that we truly cherish food, we have a responsibility to stop wasting it!

Food Waste Stops with Me

Reducing food waste protects Oregon's natural resources for future generations, and can help your bottom line. Join Food Waste Stops with Me and take action to reduce food waste.

We have free customizable tools, resources and support to help your business reduce food waste, donate edible food to people in need, and separate food scraps for compost. Request assistance.

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Composting Food Scraps Donating edible food Preventing food waste

Why reduce food waste?

Food is the single largest component of garbage in the Portland metropolitan region. About 20% of the 1.3 million tons of trash generated per year is food scraps, and over half of those come from businesses.

Reducing food waste is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the environmental impact of our food system and feed our communities. It also saves your business money, in purchasing and disposal costs.

Hear from Embassy Suites (Washington Square) and The Bomber Restaurant and Catering (Milwaukie) about how diverting food waste from the landfill brings financial gains, changes company culture, and makes business sense: Boiled Down podcast: Food Waste Stops With Me.

Food Waste Stops with Me is a collaboration between city and county governments in the Portland area, Metro, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, and Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality to support food-service businesses reduce food waste.