Working Together for a Zero Waste Future in Hawaii

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Got food scraps? You’re not alone.

Americans throw away about 40 percent the food we buy — about 33 million tons each year. That’s $165 billion worth thrown into landfills and incinerators every year. Wasted food is wasted money.

It’s time to stop feeding landfills and incinerators and start feeding hungry people and giving back compost to replenish our soils.

Waste is an especially critical issue in Hawaii, where trash disposal space is limited and the fragile environment is heavily impacted by marine debris, 80 percent of it from land-based sources. Getting to zero waste is something we can all support.

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