STUDY: Average American throws out $640 worth of food every year

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(June 26, 2015) – How much money do Americans waste every year throwing out uneaten food?

According to a new study by the American Chemistry Council, $640 worth of food is trashed by the average American every year.

Food waste is the single biggest item in U.S. landfills, where it rots and releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

About half of the 1,000 people surveyed said they felt bad about the amount of food waste in light of world hunger.

But most people were more concerned about how much money they lost from tossing the food.

The results of this study were self-reported, so the actual amount of food waste may be even higher.

The Chemistry Council noted that the U.S. government puts food waste at over $900 a year per household.