Today, I am going to admit one of my faults. I have a tendency to leave unfinished food on my plate and I allow some food to spoil before I finish it. While I work to minimize this fault, there's no doubt I do it and the little scraps of food add up to several meals over the years. My U.S. culture never quite emphasized the importance of conserving food and minimizing waste, but at the school dining halls I read facts about waste, and it definitely opens my perspective. Food waste takes up the most space in the landfills, and the majority of it is once delicious food that could have been enjoyed by someone. I have increased my awareness in my kitchen, cooking only a realistic amount of food that I am sure I will consume. It's hard to be perfect, but little changes can make large differences in the food waste industry.
Recycling is another great way to help with minimal effort. If you live in a large apartment complex, most areas have laws that require the complex to have a recycling option. So if your building does not have it, talk to someone in charge about recycling. Recycling and finishing your dinner are two simple tasks that take hardly any extra time, so do them.[Via]