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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Division.

The city received plaques from the EPA for their efforts on a food waste study recently conducted in five Iowa City neighborhoods.

The six-week, 50-household study asked Iowa City volunteer residents to weigh and track their daily food waste, using a food waste tracking toolkit.

The study focused on four steps to reduce food waste: smart shopping, smart storage, smart preparation, and smart saving. By using the "Food Too Good to Waste" toolkit, it's estimated that the average family could save over $30 per week or $1,600 per year on their grocery bill.

Iowa City has been working to address food waste for about 7 years when the city partnered with the University of Iowa to separate and compost food waste from a campus dining hall.

The city has also worked with with New Pioneer Food Co-op, local restaurants, and the food rescue nonprofit Table to Table to promote reduction of food waste and large-scale food scrap composting in Iowa City.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans throw away about 25% of all the food they purchase, which equates to $165 billion of food each year.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/foodrecoverychallenge or contact Jennifer Jordan, City of Iowa City Recycling Coordinator, at 319-887-6160 or jennifer-jordan@iowa-city.org.

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