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Letter: Expiration dates can create waste

A payloader pushes garbage at the Islip landfill

A payloader pushes garbage at the Islip landfill on Blydenburgh Road. (Dec. 3, 1990)

The Islip Municipal Sanitary Landfill, which covers about 55 acres, has been operated by the town since 1963. In 1978, 50 or more 55-gallon drums containing a mixture of tetrachloroethene and other liquids were allegedly disposed at the site. This is the only reported case of hazardous waste disposal on the property. The landfill stopped taking waste in December 1990. Source: EPA Credit: Newsday / Thomas R. Koeniges

I've been on a personal mission to put a stop to the waste that occurs every day in kitchens across America. So, I was happy to read Peter Goldmark's column "Conquer waste to feed the world" [Opinion, June 22].

Goldmark addresses the tons of food that end up in landfills. My mission is to get consumers to understand that a "sell by" or "best by" date doesn't mean to toss an item in the garbage on that day. Many of these items could still go to feeding the hungry and poor.

Lorraine Magyar, Holtsville