Hennepin County Launches ‘Stop Food Waste Challenge’
Hennepin County has swung into action to help residents stop food waste.
The county created a new “Stop Food Waste Challenge.” The free program is entirely online. The goal is to help residents adopt new habits by creating and following a meal plan, keeping track of the food they buy and learn how to store and process food.
According to waste compensation studies, Hennepin County residents waste about 20 percent of their food. Carolyn Callopy, Hennepin County’s waste reduction and recycling supervisor, said that has an effect on the climate.
“Specifically with food, when we’re land filling food, that’s generating methane,” Callopy explained. “That’s another climate impact that food waste has. If it’s land filled, it’s generating methane at a landfill and that’s a very potent gas.”
The program will go from Sept. 14 through Oct. 11. The county will also be starting a plastic specific challenge this winter.