Lane County and its partners set to host FREE Food Waste Workshop for food service professionals

Lane County and its partners set to host FREE Food Waste Workshop for food service professionals
Posted on 10/22/2019

Lane County Waste Management Division and its partners will host a free one-day workshop: How to Prevent Food Waste on November 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Wildcraft Cider Works, 232 Lincoln St. in Eugene. The workshop is aimed at increasing the understanding of wasted food and ways food service professionals can help solve the problem and save money.


“Lane County and its partners are committed to food waste prevention programs that educate businesses and residents about the environmental benefits of food waste prevention and the cost savings,” said Jeff Orlandini, Waste Management Division manager.


Food is the single largest category of garbage in Lane County, representing 46,000 tons or 31 percent of what is thrown away. Additionally, 30 to 40 percent of what is thrown away and sent to landfills could be eaten. Meanwhile, one in five Lane County residents are food insecure. Food waste creates significant amounts of methane in landfills, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Reducing food waste is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the environmental impacts of our food system.


The workshop will give food service professionals such as chefs, restaurant owners, kitchen managers, hotels and institutional cafeterias tips and strategies about menu planning, food purchasing, cross utilization of food, storage and preparation practices all aimed at reducing food waste and related costs. The workshop will feature local case studies offering proven tips and strategies on how to prevent food waste and save money.


The workshop will take place at Wildcraft Cider Works, a local cidery committed to repurposing all fallen fruit by involving the community in the cider-making process. Locals bring in their apples in the fall and lilacs in the spring for a community cider where proceeds go to support local nonprofits. Micah Elconin, the Director of Eugene’s Table will facilitate the workshop. He brings more than a decade of experience as a chef, sales manager, and non-profit manager to provide value for regional food businesses.


Food Waste Stops with Me is a collaboration among Metro, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, as well as city and county governments to support foodservice businesses in Oregon.