But what if we could divert that food waste, and create some social good out of it too?
Last week, TreeHugger was shooting the breeze with UK green activists for Ecotricity's #EcoPowerChat. Among the participants were FoodCycle, a fascinating UK charity that is using food waste to feed vulnerable people, train the jobless, and build more social cohesion too.
It's a pretty simple model with a profound impact. Check out how it works below.