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Together we can end food waste. The image is of cartoon characters standing together and smiling, sharing this message.

We can end food waste. We just need to follow these four steps:

  • PLAN
    • Meal planning can save you money AND help save the earth's resources. The ultimate win-win..


  • USE
    • Proper storage and using what you buy means not wasting food.


    • Cook end-to-stem, transform leftovers, and use imperfect fruits
    • And if possible create opportunity for others by donating


    • Free food scraps drop-off is available at the following farmers' market locations::
      • Market Site 1: South Madison Farmer's Market (1602 S. Park Street)
        • Hours: 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
        • Dates open: Only Tuesday markets from May 23, 2023 to October 31, 2023.
      • Market Site 2: Eastside Farmer's Market (202 S. Ingersoll St)
        • Hours: 4:00pm to 7:00pm
        • Dates open: Only Tuesday evenings from April 25, 2023 to October 31, 2023.
    • Check with your local community garden to see if a community compost option is available.
    • Remember, you can compost your food scraps in your own backyard, too.



Food Waste and Recovery Guide for Madison and Dane County

  • Guidebook developed in 2018 by the Dane County Food Council, the Madison Food Policy Council, Dane County UW-Extension, Public Health Madison & Dane County, and the La Follette Key Club.

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