Hospitals generate over 29 pounds of waste per staffed bed per day. About a third of health care's waste is comprised of food.
A landfill is comprised of 21 percent food waste and between 30 and 40 percent of food grown in the United States, ends up as waste.
One in seven are food insecure, meaning, they are hungry or at risk of being hungry. Food degrading in landfills emits methane, a potent greenhouse gas, contributing to global climate change. Avoiding food to landfills is an important part of any health care waste management plan for all of these reasons. For more background, refer to Why Less Food to Landfill.
Less Food to Landfill Goal and Toolkit
Introducing the Practice Greenhealth Less Food to Landfill Toolkit. This Less Food Waste Resource Toolkit provides a formalized goal to walk through baseline and ongoing data tracking and members-only toolkit to help the community work together on this important health, environmental and community issue.