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Food Waste Do's and Don'ts

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Reducing the amount of food waste that ends up in the landfill is just as important as recycling. The first way to reduce food waste is by making sure you aren’t buying more food than you need and being aware of expiration dates, so you don’t let things sit for too long in your house. If you do end up with food waste, whether it’s kitchen scraps, leftovers or expired food, it is important to keep it out of the garbage. Below you’ll learn more about how to do that in Evanston.
In Evanston, there are two primary ways to dispose of your food waste. There are two different programs offered through the City: 1) Food and Yard Waste Service, 2) Collective Resource (Food Waste). Information on both programs here. This page includes information, in the FAQ below, related to what items are and are not accepted in the above food waste services as well as tips for how to properly prepare those materials for pick-up.


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  • Preparing Food Waste for Pick-up
  • Acceptable and Not Acceptable Food Waste Items
  • Food and Yard Waste Collection Services
  • Collective Resource (Food Waste Only)
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