Imagine returning from the supermarket and throwing a third of your shopping straight into the bin. That is roughly the proportion of food produced globally that is lost or wasted every year.
The next time you put something in the bin, think about it.
- On average, each of the 10 million people living on earth throws away around half a tonne of household rubbish each year.
- Even though the amount of waste being recycled is rising, a lot still ends up in landfill sites. As waste rots, it releases huge amounts of methane – a powerful greenhouse gas – into the air, contributing to climate change.
- Today, better waste management means more energy is being recovered.Preventing waste is becoming more important as the global population increases and we are eating away at our finite supply of natural resources.
An appeal is to help spread the word about shopping wisely, the meaning of dates on food labels and using leftovers. It is also trying to make it easier - where safe to do so - for surplus food to be donated to food banks or used for animal feed. Let’s all work together to reduce the estimated 100 million tonnes of food currently wasted annually in India.
- Think twice before upgrading gadgets
- Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is the fastest growing category of waste in India.
- WEEE is full of plastics and metals, including harmful ones like mercury used in circuit boards.