More than 36 million tons of food waste reaches U.S. landfills every year where airtight conditions prevent perfectly biodegradable material from becoming beneficial mulch. To prevent such waste, compost organic matter at home whenever possible. One more thing you can do: Eat the peels from foods. Instead of buying slivered almonds, buy whole ones with the skin still on; it's loaded with essential flavonoids that have cholesterol-lowering benefits. Don't peel apples; instead, wash the whole apple and eat the skin -- studies have shown the peel can help reduce bad cholesterol, too. And the other waste? Try juicing it to get all the benefits, and then sprinkle the unused pulp on the yard for instant nutrition for your lawn.