According to the Environmental Protection Agency, "Americans throw away more than 25 percent of the food we prepare, about 96 billion pounds of food waste each year." You can avoid waste by taking simple steps to organize your refrigerator: Raw meat, poultry and seafood should never be placed on the top shelf of the refrigerator, since bacteria can drip down and contaminate fruits and vegetables. Don't place eggs on the side of the refrigerator door where the plastic egg trays normally are; it does not get cold enough to keep them stable. Many fruits emit ethylene, an odorless gas that quickens the ripening process. So keep apples, cantaloupes, bananas, tomatoes, avocadoes, peaches, pears, plums and nectarines away from all other produce to extend its shelf life.