Qatar and Ramadan Food Waste

Ramadan is meant to be the holy month of restraint. In Qatar, residents and visitors can go to lavish hotel buffets and home dinner parties. As a result of these outings, about a quarter of all food prepared in Qatar during Ramadan is wasted. EcoMena tries to foster environmental awareness across the region and is the organization with this figure. In the waste that sits in Qatar’s landfills, food makes up about half. As of now, only about 10 percent of Qatar’s waste is recycled. It seems that the greater the economic prosperity and the higher the percentage of urban population, the greater the amount of food waste. The oil-rich GCC are among the world’s most prolific waste generators. Because they are higher income groups, there is a larger amount of waste produced. Hotels, cafeterias and restaurants generate the most waste in the region. As the economies boom, food waste will probably go up. In places like Riyadh, Doha, and Abu Dhabi more than 1.5kg of waste per day which places them among the highest in the world. There is a loss of billions of dollars each year in the form of food waste throughout the Arab world. If you want to read more about these facts then go to Doha News and EcoMena.

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