Stocking Stuffers

You tell ’em, Courtland Milloy:

Check out any restaurant dumpster in downtown Washington or the trash cans along any street on garbage collection day, and you’re likely to find enough wasted food to fill those pantries to overflowing.

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Florida’s CBS 12 wants you to use canned vegetables to avoid waste. I’m with them in spirit, but I just can’t get behind canned veggies.

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Brief Hollywood food waste mention here:

For anyone who has ever been to a film set knows the amount of environmental waste created from a simple production. There are water bottles, generators, air conditioned trailers, wasted food, equipment trucks and the list can go on and on.

Wasted food on the set? I’m shocked.

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In exchange for filling out a survey, Recycle for Cornwall sends area residents a useful book with ideas on how to use up food items. The friendly folks at Recycle Cornwall sent me the Eat Well, Waste Less guide to using up leftovers. It’s a great resource, kind of like The Use It Up Cookbook with more meat pies and brown sauce recipes.

Wouldn’t it be nice if your municipality took such a hands-on approach to reducing food waste? It’s not that hard–even a Web site like this would help. (FYI, they’re not sending any more books to the States.)

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and best wishes for 2009!

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