April is Food Waste Reduction Month in Asheville!

City of Asheville partners with Food Waste Solutions WNC to celebrate and promote food waste reduction with a month-long social media campaign and Taste It, Don’t Waste It! chefs cook-off event

Each year, an estimated 57,500 tons of food is wasted in Buncombe County — that’s about one-quarter of the county’s commercial and residential landfill waste.

To draw attention to the dire need for reducing food waste in Western North Carolina, April has been officially designated Food Waste Reduction Month in Asheville (read the proclamation here) and Buncombe County.  


Food Waste Solutions WNC is marking the occasion with an education campaign, giveaways, and its second Taste It, Don’t Waste It! event featuring local chefs in a low-waste cooking challenge.


  • Home Food Waste Reduction Campaign and Giveaway: All month long, follow @wncfoodwaste and #savethefoodavl on social media platforms to learn food waste reduction tips, hear about local Food Waste Heroes, and for a chance to win giveaway prizes featuring low-waste goods from local purveyors. Participate by doing a home food waste audit, taking your food scraps to one of the City of Asheville’s six drop-off sites, sharing a food waste hack or doing something as simple as signing up for Food Waste Solutions WNC’s newsletter! 


  • Taste It, Don’t Waste It! Asheville Chefs Challenge: For the second year, Food Waste Solutions WNC will present its signature Food Waste Reduction Month event, Taste It, Don’t Waste It! Asheville Chefs Challenge. This year, Devil’s Foot Beverage Co. is partnering with FWS for the event, which will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at Devil’s Foot’s The Mule taproom at 131 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. This fun twist on a cooking competition invites local chefs to prepare a dish from foods that might otherwise be thrown away. Guests can join the fun by sampling the offerings then voting to choose the Taste It, Don’t Waste It! champion.  More details coming soon!


Food Waste Solutions WNC is a community of volunteers working together to reduce food waste in Western North Carolina. Food Waste Reduction Month activities are supported by the City of Asheville and further the City’s Food Policy Action Plan. For more details about Food Waste Solutions WNC and Food Waste Reduction Month activities, visit wncfoodwaste.org.