Each year, the U.S. sends about 52 million tons of uneaten food to landfill. In addition to losing an estimated $218 billion spent on growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of this food that is never eaten, wasted food releases large amounts of methane—a climate super pollutant—as the organic matter decomposes in landfills.
ReFED is a national nonprofit that works with public, private, and nonprofit leaders to reduce food waste in the United States. Among other activities, ReFED has developed tools to provide stakeholders with the information they need to take action:
- The Roadmap to Reduce Food Waste built one of the broadest data sets and literature reviews to date to establish a map by stakeholder and region of existing food waste sent to landfill and left on the farm. The Roadmap set the framework for ReFED’s mission to reduce food waste through the most cost-effective strategies and is used by businesses, government officials, foundations, innovators, and capital investors to identify partners and food waste solutions.
- The Food Waste Innovator Database compiles over 400 innovators across the U.S. working to develop and grow solutions across the food waste sector.
- The Food Waste Policy Finder provides a comprehensive overview of existing federal and state policies related to food waste, highlighting best-practice legislation.