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April is Food Waste Reduction Month, but we’re committed year round!

Asheville City Council proclaimed April “Food Waste Reduction Month” during the April 11, 2023 council meeting. Read the proclamation here.

Check out these great Food Waste Reduction activities! Conduct a home food waste audit and share your observations with your friends and the local food waste community or play a game of food waste bingo! Keep an eye on Food Waste Solutions WNC’s website and @wncfoodwaste social media for fun community challenges, events and prizes to reduce food waste!

Register for the Food Waste Drop-off Program to keep your food scraps and organics out of the landfill. Learn more and register on the City of Asheville’s Composting webpage.

Look for the “Save the Food Asheville” logo on sanitation trucks, social media and around town as we collaborate with community partners to share tips and tricks to keep food out of the landfill. 

Reducing food waste is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (4!) – join the fun!

Have a cooking tip, photo of your compost bin, or other resources to share? Use hashtag #savethefoodavl and #savethefoodwnc to keep the conversation going!

ways to save the food

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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. Those tons represent food that could feed our neighbors, dollars that could otherwise circulate in our local economies, and landfill space unnecessarily used.

The Food Waste Reduction Initiative aims to provide useful information and tips to residents seeking 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.



  • 2017 – City of Asheville sponsored inaugural Food Waste Summit at Warren Wilson College
  • 2018 – WNC Food Waste Solutions Network initiated, hosted quarterly educational and networking events 
  • 2019 – City of Asheville sponsored and participated as a planning member of the second Food Waste Solutions Summit at UNC Asheville
  • 2020 – City of Asheville selected to participate in Southeast Regional Cohort of the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Food Matters Initiative
    • Launched Food Waste Reduction Initiative with 4 key strategy areas (public proclamation, compost, community engagement and education campaign, food waste audit)
  • 2021 
    • First Food Waste Reduction Month proclamation issued via Asheville City Council April, 2021
    • Food Scraps Drop-Off pilot program launched
    • Conducted food waste snapshot audits at recreation and administration facilities
    • Launched public food waste prevention education campaign
  • 2022
    • Food Waste Reduction Month proclamation issued via Buncombe County
    • Food Scraps Drop-Off program expanded to 3 additional sites
    • Hosted inaugural Taste it Don’t Waste it Chef competition
  • 2023 
    • Food Waste Reduction Month updated proclamation issued via City Council April, 2023
    • Food Scraps Drop-Off program expanded to include 8 sites total, 6 within city limits.  Finalized interlocal agreement between City of Asheville and Buncombe County to co-manage program expenses, logistics, and communication
    • City of Asheville sponsored and participated as a planning member of the 3rd Food Waste Solutions Summit at AB Tech



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

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

Let’s Make Compost!

image of food that can be composted








Supporting Documents

2023 Food Waste Reduction Month Proclamation

2021 Food Waste Reduction Month Proclamation

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 Program Manager



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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.

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

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The City of Asheville has a strong record and long-standing commitment to sustainability. The Sustainability Department was created in 2008 to integrate sustainable design, technology, and practice into municipal operations, infrastructure, and services. The Sustainability Department is responsible for incorporating City Council’s Strategic Goals and City Resolutions pertaining to sustainability within the organization.   Doing the Work Listed [...]