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Read the latest edition of Talkin' Trash.

What individuals can do

Talk to your local stores and restaurants

Many stores and restaurants waste a huge amount of edible food. Let them know that changing this is important to you. Download the card to give to management or contact us for copies.

Request a presentation

Presentations for adults: Learn how important the issue is and what you can do about it. We’d love to come speak to your business, church, or neighborhood association. Why not make it a potluck? We will adjust the presentation length to fit your needs (15–45 minutes). Contact Gabby at byrneg@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 867-2284.

Student Presentations: Students can find out why it is so important to reduce the food we waste and how they can help their families make changes at home. Contact Colleen Minion at minionc@co.thurston.wa.us.

Join us on Facebook

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“Like” our Waste Less Food Facebook page. We post daily tips, tools, and recipes. Thurston County residents that share thier ideas on our page are eligible for weekly drawings!

Let us know when you find grocers or restaurants doing good things to waste less food. We may acknowledge them on our web and facebook pages.

Volunteer to help

  • Volunteer at, and donate to, your local food bank.
  • Become a Master Recycler Composter (MRC): This innovative and lively program offers a wide variety of projects as well as fun events and continuing education around issues of reduction, reuse and recycling. Help raise awareness about wasted food and other waste-related issues. Learn more at: http://ext100.wsu.edu/thurston/mc/.

Sign up for the newsletter

Sign up for our quarterly E-newsletter, The Clean Plate, for food news you can use—recipes, statistics, tips, tools and updates.

Tell your friends, neighbors, and co-workers

The more people that get involved—the bigger the impact.

Learn more

Check out our resources page for recipes, articles, videos, blogs, apps, and products.


Contact us

Call Gabby Byrne at (360) 867-2284 or e-mail Byrneg@co.thurston.wa.us.

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