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Food Waste Forum 2019

The City of Encinitas hosted a Food Waste Forum on April 2019 to educate community members about the importance of reducing leftover or unused food that is wasted every day. The forum also served as a catalyst to open a dialogue with local and state experts. Here are some of the main takeaways from our guest experts:

  • 1 in 6 San Diegans are food insecure. This number increases to 1 in 5 when only including children;
  • Organic waste, like wasted or unused food, takes up the largest proportion of waste in our landfills, making up 30% of our waste stream;
  • When in landfills, food waste decomposes to produce methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases, along with other odorous and noxious gases;
  • According to Encinitas’s latest greenhouse gas inventory, landfill emissions accounted for about five percent (5%) of the City’s contribution to climate change by releasing around 22,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents into the atmosphere in 2012;
  • The State of California and City of Encinitas are both taking strides to tackle this issue through new policies and programs to help businesses and residents avoid wasting food and divert what is left away from landfills to useful applications.

Ways to adopt the Food Recovery Hierarchy in your daily routine:

- Source Reduction: Reduce the amount of food you waste by meal planning, learning how to store food properly, rearranging your fridge, sharpening your knife skills, avoiding impulse purchases, and getting creative with your cooking!

Visit SaveTheFood.com to learn more about these solutions

See I Love a Clean San Diego for local zero waste initiatives

- Feed Hungry People: Become more aware of the players in our local food system and learn how you can help your neighbors while reducing your food waste footprint.

Check out San Diego Food Systems Alliance for resources

- Industrial Uses: When completed, EDCO’s new anaerobic digestion facility will process our community’s organic waste into renewable natural gas and useful fertilizers.

- Composting: Diverting food waste from landfills by composting it at home reduces methane emissions and creates a wholesome amendment to improve our community’s soil health.

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation provides reduced cost composting and vermicomposting materials for Encinitas residents.

Source: www.EPA.gov

Check out our experts' presentations!

Click on the links below to see presentations provided by each of these agencies at the 2019 Food Waste Forum:


City of Oceanside



Solana Center