Household
Food Waste Audit

Sign up to get our audit resources and reminders

Welcome to your one-week food waste audit! This is an excellent opportunity to become more mindful of your food consumption habits and identify areas where you can reduce waste. Remember, this isn’t about being perfect or feeling guilty—it’s simply about observation.

Sign Up for Your Audit!
Step 1 of 3
Pick a 7 day period that will be typical for your food waste.

How it works:

Ready

Sign up, pick a start date that will capture a typical food week for you

Set

Put up signage, set reminders, set up your tracking sheet

Go!

Track your food waste for 1 week, get specific insights on the best waste reduction strategies for you.

Setup

While these are just recommendations, it will help you have a successful week!

  1. Dedicated food waste container (e.g. a bowl for prep waste as you’re cooking so you don’t need to stop and log each item.
  2. Signage, a sign on your trash as a reminder that you’re tracking food waste this week can be an excellent cue in case you accidentally start throwing something away without tracking.
  3. Paper or digital note (we have templates!) We recommend keeping track in the quickest way possible throughout the day to make it as easy as possible to capture your food waste activity. Then, once a day we’ll remind you to log it in the system.

During the Audit

Throughout each day during your audit you’ll track all the food you discard—no matter where it goes: in your dedicated container, down the sink, in the compost, in the trash, or out in public.

At the end of the day, or the beginning of the next day you’ll go through your tracking sheet and log the items with amount and reason in the food log we’ll provide you.

After

Reflect on the areas where you had the most preventable food waste and pick one tactic that will have the biggest impact on your particular waste habits.

Supplies

While these supplies are optional, they will help you stay mindful and report accurately during your audit week.

  • Dedicated Food Waste Container
  • Signage
  • Paper or digital note to log

Once you sign up we’ll provide you with a online form, or you can print out the PDF version, or use another system that works for you.

INCENTIVE HERE (every day you log you’ll get a recipe, etc)

Paper or digital?

  1. Plan
  2. Do (choose a champion)
    1. Mark containers
      1. Avoidable, or unavoidable
      2. Prep, post, plate waste, scraps
    2. Train your team
      1. How to tell when food has gone bad
    3. Measure (weight, or volume)
  3. Review
  4. Act
    1. Food recovery hierarchy
      1. Biz and home

Why?

 We may want to add a section or even a different page on why someone should do an audit / what it can help them accomplish. Just a simple overview of what the audit process is and why it’s worthwhile. 

Supplies

While these supplies are optional, they will help you stay mindful and report accurately during your audit week.

  • Dedicated Food Waste Container
  • Signage

Process

Each day you’ll spend five minutes

Paper or digital?

  1. Plan
    1. What data do you want to get
    2. Choose a champion
    3. Choose length of time
    4. Gather materials
      1. Bucket,scale, glove, tarp, scale, tracking sheet, apron
  2. Do (choose a champion)
    1. Mark containers
      1. Avoidable, or unavoidable
      2. Prep, post, plate waste, scraps
    2. Train your team
      1. How to tell when food has gone bad
    3. Measure (weight, or volume)
  3. Review
  4. Act
    1. Food recovery hierarchy
      1. Biz and home