Food Waste

Save the Food

Almost 20% of the material Ventura residents send to the landfill from their homes is made up of food waste. About half of that is inedible – stuff that you typically wouldn’t eat like an avocado skin or corn husks. This means that the other half is preventable – edible food that could have been saved from going to waste. The City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability division encourages all residents to Save the Food with us.

Preventing food waste at home can be a challenge, but it is one of the best ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle. It all starts with you! For the best tips and not-so-secrets to saving food, check out the info below, crafted by the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), and visit!

Think Like A Food Waste Warrior 

Saving food starts with your mindset. It’s stopping for a moment in the grocery store, considering whether that tomato will actually get used this week. It’s crafting dishes to use ingredients on hand.

5 Ways to Revive Food 

Don’t give up on that droopy celery just yet. Often a quick fix in the kitchen can transform would-be throwaways into healthy, hearty meals.

The Art of Freezing 

Sure, a freezer is useful. But it’s so much more. It’s practically magic — a tool that allows you to push the pause button on food in your kitchen.

Deciphering Dates on Products 

Conquer one of the biggest hurdles in deciding when to toss food.

Shopping Guidelines


The grocery store is where you commit — to spending both money and the resources it took to grow the food — even if it doesn’t get eaten.

How to Waste Less with Kids 

Conservation doesn’t come naturally for many of us — especially when it comes to food.

10 Easy Ways to Meal Plan


Planning meals in advance can seem intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. (No, really.) Arm yourself with these ten easy tips and you’ll be scheduling meals and saving food like a pro in no time at all.

So what do you do when you’ve done all you can to Save the Food? Don’t toss it, compost it! Begin by starting your own compost system at home. Scraps from your kitchen can be turned into a rich, healthy soil amendment and used in your garden. Yard waste like grass clippings, tree trimmings and other organic items from your yard can be placed in the brown yard waste bin. It is hauled to Agromin's facility where it is processed into a high-quality mulch used on local agricultural fields. 

The City sponsors a discount program in partnership with Green Thumb Nursery where you can purchase either a worm bin or a compost bin at 50% the retail price. Just show proof of City residence. Free mulch is also available on a first come basis at Cornucopia Gardens, located just off Telephone Road, across from Kimball Community Park. Using mulch and organic compost are great ways to reduce waste, conserve water, reduce need for application of pesticides or fertilizers and help with pest management.