Happy Thanksgiving from Tompkins County Solid Waste

Reduce food waste this Thanksgiving!

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Dear Food Scraps Recyclers,

Happy almost Turkey Day! We hope that you are continuing to find benefits from the food scraps recycling program. As Thanksgiving approaches, we wanted to share some holiday inspired food waste prevention facts and tips.

Waste facts:

  • In 2012, 282 million dollars of uneaten turkey in the U.S. was thrown out.[1] With higher prices anticipated nationwide for turkeys this year this number could be even higher.[2],[3]
  • The amount of discarded, uneaten turkey at Thanksgiving is equal to the greenhouse gas emissions of 800,000 car trips from New York to San Francisco.
  • In the US, we throw out 25% more trash during the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year's compared to the rest of the year. This amounts to about 1 million extra tons of waste per week during this time.[4]

Tips for this Thanksgiving:

  • Cooked turkey will store in the fridge for three to four days; after that, put in a freezer-proof container or bag and store for four to six months in the freezer.
  • Create a turkey soup with the carcass and bones.
  • For tofurkey and meat turkey eaters alike, save leftovers for sandwiches, wraps, or enchiladas.
  • If hosting a holiday dinner, when your guests ask what they can bring, suggest storage containers for leftovers. Have a few on hand in case someone forgets.
  • If you buy eggnog or other flavored milks for the holiday, try using for homemade eggnog ice cream or in desserts, it is estimated that more than half of eggnog and flavored milk goes bad before it is consumed.[5]
  • Check out more suggestions in the Thanksgiving Leftovers Guide from the Rodale Institute. Toss inedible food scraps into your green cart, including bones, meat, veggies, paper towels & plates.

Hopefully the fruit flies are dying out for the season; however, if the little menaces are still around don't hesitate to contact us for suggestions of how to get rid of the pests.

Food scraps pick up this week will not be affected for those with Wednesday collection. Friday collection will be delayed until Saturday due to the holiday.

We wish you all a delicious Thanksgiving meal filled with gratitude, joy, and the perfect amount of leftovers!

The Food Scraps Recycling Team

[1] http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dgunders/this_thanksgiving_be_more_grat.html
[2] http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2014/Q4/purdue-economist-thanksgiving-turkey-prices-up-this-year.html
[3] http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/ldpm-livestock,-dairy,-and-poultry-outlook/ldpm-244.aspx
[4] http://bgm.stanford.edu/pssi_faq_holiday_waste
[5] http://www.ccechemung.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/wood-ashes-garden-soil.pdf

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