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

In 2019, meal leftovers were ranked as the most commonly discarded type of food among both men and women in the united States. Approximately 68 percent of responding men and 78 percent of women ranked meal leftovers among their three most frequently discarded food types. Least frequently thrown away among both genders were milk alternatives, with approximately 9 percent of responding women and 10 percent of responding men picking this type of product as one of their answers.

Most commonly discarded types of food in the United States in 2019, by gender

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Release date

September 2019

Region

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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