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Food Too Good to Waste FAQs

What is the purpose of the Food Too Good to Waste Challenge?

The Healthy Communities Food Too Good to Waste Challenge seeks to reduce waste by teaching you how to improve your health by simply eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, shopping more efficiently and implementing waste diversion and reduction strategies into your daily, weekly and monthly routine.

How often am I supposed to weigh in?

You have the option to weigh in daily, but it is required that you weigh in at the end of every week by Sunday. The Food Too Good to Waste Challenge keeps an average of your food waste and garbage weights for six weeks. If you are a person who empties their in-home garbage can multiple times a week, remember to weigh the bag before you empty the garbage into your larger garbage cart.

What is the last day I can enter my weight(s) for the week?

Sunday is the last day you are able to enter your weight(s) for the week. The weekly deadline dates are as followed: November 5,12, 19, 26, December 3 and 10. Please visit healthycommunitiesclt.com for more specific details.

How do I weigh my food waste and garbage?

  • Before the challenge began you should have received a food scale and a grey 10-gallon trash can. If you do not have a trash can and/or a food waste scale please email curbit@charlottenc.gov.
  • Line your grey 10-gallon food waste trash can with a trash bag.
  • Separate and put all food waste into the 10-gallon trash can. This includes food from all meals and unwanted food in the refrigerator.
  • Remove plastic bag from the trash can each Sunday. Place the plastic bag with food waste on the top of the scale. Weigh your weekly food waste.
  • Remove garbage bag from your personal garbage can. Place the plastic bag with garbage on the top of the scale. Weigh your weekly garbage weight.

What measurement should I weigh my food waste in?

Pounds (lbs.). Before weighing your food waste and garbage ensure that your scale is set to pounds.

How is my ranking calculated?

The calculation for rankings is the sum of your average food waste weight plus any waste reduction strategies that you use. Note: All waste reduction strategies are not ranked equally. Some strategies are worth more points than others. Example: If the Johnson family marked on the strategies list that they checked the refrigerator and cabinets before going to the grocery store, which is a prevention strategy, they would score higher than if they marked they stored their food properly, which is a combination strategy.

What happens if I miss a week?

In order to be considered for any prizes you have to participate all six weeks of the challenge. After Sunday evening, you will not be able to go back and enter weights for the previous week. If you do happen to miss a week, you may continue to participate in the challenge, but will not be considered for any prizes.

Is there a way to interact with other challenge participants?

You may the join the Healthy Communities Food Too Good to Waste Challenge Facebook group. Search Healthy Communities Food Too Good to Waste Challenge on Facebook and request to join the group. You can also follow Solid Waste Services @CLTSWS on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Who do I contact if I have any other questions or concerns?

If you have any other questions or concerns please send an email to curbit@charlottenc.gov.

For details and information please visit healthycommunitiesclt.com.