Zero Waste Culver City

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Zero Waste

Learn how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot (composting) to help your community and the environment save energy and natural resources. In addition to saving resources through waste reduction you'll be saving money. On average a family of four spends over $1,500 per year on food that they don't eat. 

To get started on wasting less, start a 31 Day Zero Waste Challenge. Part of this challenge is to identify what is being thrown away in your household to determine where improvements to reduce waste can happen.

 

Reduce

Wasted Food At Home 

43% of wasted food in the United States comes from households.

Food is too important to throw away. By making small shifts in how you shop, prepare and store food, you can keep the valuable resources used to produce and distribute food from going to waste. 

Check out the downloadable tools below and food-saving tips linked Food: Too Good to Waste for tips to save money while reducing wasted food through proper planning and storing of materials. 

Wasted food refers to edible food that is not eaten for one reason or another. Inedible food scraps such as banana peels, apple cores and bones are not included—they should be composted.

Learn the Labels

Best By, Best if Used By, Enjoy By: Relates to peak flavor or quality, not food safety.

Use By: Is for food that could become unsafe if not used before a certain date, such as meat, fish and dairy products. These are generally set by retailers or brands following guidance from health safety organization. 

Sell By: The store must sell by this date or remove them from the shelves. 

Proper Food Storage

Depending on how you store or refrigerate certain foods you can extend or decrease shelf life of item. For example if potatoes and onions are stored together, the gas from the onions will cause the potatoes to sprout. 

Cheese in sealed plastic will sweat from water evaporation, for a longer shelf life it is recommended to wrap cheese in wax paper. 

External Resources 

Food Share and Food Donation

  • The City of Culver City will soon have a food donation program. If you business is interested in participating please contact Cathi Vargas at catherine.vargas@culvercity.org to learn more about the program.  

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Plastic Bottle Waste 

Do your part in reducing plastic bottle waste. Here are 4 simple ways to get started:

  1. Discontinue purchasing plastic bottles. Instead, purchase a reusable bottle.

  2. If you purchase a plastic bottled beverage, recycle it after use.

  3. Purchase an at-home water filter to keep in your refrigerator.

  4. Encourage reuse within your household and/or workplace.

Reduce

Wasted Food At Your Business

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) issued a technical report and practical guide on food loss and waste measurement.

  • "Why and How to Measure Food Loss and Waste: A Practical Guide" is an easy-to-use tool for businesses to apply in measuring the quantity of food wasted in their process activities. This new tool has the power to alter an organization's practices, reducing operational costs while also helping to reduce the environmental impacts of our food production system.
  • The technical report, "Quantifying Food Loss and Waste and Its Impacts," that was released along with the guide, provides methods to quantify food loss and waste and food surplus across the supply chain, as well as tools to estimate the environmental, financial and social impacts of food loss and waste.