There are about 2.5 million U.S. weddings per year and each produces an average of 62 tons of carbon dioxide and 500 lbs. of garbage. A large portion of that waste comes from the food and cleanup options provided by the venue. The simple solution is to recycle or donate leftover food. This is a nice gesture that helps the local community while also reducing leftover waste. Check with local hospitals, senior centers, food pantries and shelters that accept donations to see what they will take.