Food Waste Reduction Initiative

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In July 2020 The Office of Sustainability was selected to participate in a cohort of Southeastern Cities alongside Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, and Orlando. This project aims to build a foundation for organizing and expanding the City of Asheville’s food waste reduction initiatives in partnership with key community stakeholders. This umbrella initiative raises the profile of existing food waste reduction projects, pilot food waste reduction strategies at city facilities, support community coalition building, and strengthen the message and visibility of the City’s food waste reduction commitments.



In 2017 Asheville City Council adopted a revised Food Policy Action Plan. Resolution 17-257 identified Resource Stewardship as a focus area with an objective to “create an actionable plan for city food waste recovery, composting and redistribution”.

Up to 40 percent of food in the United States is wasted contributing to extensive environmental, economic and societal impacts. Up to 400 pounds of food per person is wasted annually with a family of four spending at least $1,800/year on wasted food. Here in Buncombe County an estimated 57,500 tons of food is wasted annually. This is food that could feed our neighbors, dollars that could otherwise circulate in our local economies, and landfill space dedicated to unnecessary waste.

The Food Waste Reduction Initiative aims to provide useful information and tips to residents seeking ways to reduce their household food waste, pilot opportunities for community compost drop sites, elevate the message of food waste reduction, and model food waste reduction initiatives in city facilities.



  • January-March 2021
    • Food Waste Prevention Month Proclamation
    • Public Education campaign on Food waste
  • April – June 2020
    • Conduct food waste snapshot audits at city facilities, publish results
    • Launch community composting site



City of Asheville Sanitation Division – information on recycling and waste reduction initiatives 

Food Waste Solutions WNC – community network including tips, tricks, and local resources


Supporting Documents

Resolution 20-25 Climate Emergency Declaration 

Climate Resilience Assessment 

Resolution 11-77 Establishing 4% CO2 Reduction Goal 

Resolution 14-27 Waste Reduction Goal and Benchmarks

Resolution 17-257 Food Policy Action Plan


Contact Information

Kiera Bulan, Sustainability Coordinator

Related Services

Dispose of large, seasonal or unusual items

Information about disposing of large or unusual items such as furniture, household hazardous waste, or appliances. As well as instructions for brush, leaves, or Christmas trees.

Recycling guidelines

Information on what can be recycled, how to prepare items for collection, and composting.

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