Average U.S. family of four spends anywhere from US$500 to US$2,000 a year on food they never eat, according to researchers' estimates

Nevin Barich

Nevin Barich

Mar 23, 2012 – Industry Intelligence

LOS ANGELES , March 23, 2012 () – According to researchers’ estimates, the average U.S. family of four spends anywhere from US$500 to $2,000 a year on food they never eat, The Wall Street Journal reported March 21.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), food is the second-largest component in the U.S. solid waste stream, behind paper and paperboard.

Once paper and paperboard are removed for recycling, food becomes the largest component in U.S. landfills and incinerators, weighing in at 33 million tons in 2010, according to EPA data.

The primary source of this article is The Wall Street Journal, New York, New York, on March 21, 2012.

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