Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative
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Welcome to the Central Ohio food waste initiative

The Costs of Food Waste for Central Ohio

With nearly 1 million pounds of food waste entering the landfill in Franklin County every day, the Central Ohio Food Waste Initiative (COFWI) is gathering partners, building plans, and taking action to recapture food to be a force for good in our communities. Learn more about the solutions included in the Central Ohio Food Waste Action Plan.

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A Common Goal: Cut Food Waste in Half by 2030


The United Nations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and COFWI all work toward a common goal to reduce food waste in our respective jurisdictions by 50% by 2030.

Seeking Alternatives for Food Waste


Where Should Excess Food Go?

COFWI approaches food waste with a holistic approach, pursuing efforts across solutions for prevention, recovering, and recycling of food waste. The image to the left, modeled after the EPA Food Waste Recovery Hierarchy, lays COFWI’s goal: move excess food as far up the hierarchy as possible.

Franklin County Food Waste Reduction in Action