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Most commonly discarded types of food in the U.S. in 2019

In 2019, meal leftovers were ranked as the most commonly discarded type of food among the respondents. Approximately 74 percent of respondents ranked meal leftovers among their three most frequently discarded food types. Least frequently thrown away were milk alternatives, with approximately 10 percent of respondents ranking them in their top three.

Most commonly discarded types of food in the United States in 2019

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

From August 13 to August 14, 2019

Number of respondents

1,000 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

In this survey, consumers were asked "Thinking back over the last month, what types of foods most often end up in your garbage at home?"

The answers were weighted. The data displayed is the share of survey respondents who ranked a specific answer 1, 2, or 3.

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