In the United States alone, about half of all produce ends up in the trash. But it doesn’t have to be like this. There are plenty of things individuals can do to reduce their waste.

Below are just a few recommendations:

Overripe fruit can be turned into smoothies or baked goods, while vegetables past their peak can transform into soup.

Outlining your meals for the week can save money and help prevent waste. Read up on proper serving sizes by using ChooseMyPlate.gov.

An easy way to ensure all foods and ingredients are used is to move older items to the front of your refrigerator and newer items toward the back. Making a list of items that need to be used soon helps, too.

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