Food wastage in Abu Dhabi

39 per cent of the 1.1 million tonnes of municipal waste generated in Abu Dhabi each year is leftover food discarded by residents, according to statistics released last year by Abu Dhabi Municipality.

Food wastage in Dubai

Nearly 38 per cent of food is wasted every day, which goes up to 55 per cent during Ramadan.

Global food wastage facts

1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year.

300 million barrels of oil and 25 per cent of all fresh water is used to produce the food that is wasted globally.

198 million hectares of land are used to produce food that is lost or wasted each year — the size of Mexico.

33 per cent of Abu Dhabi’s waste comprises food, according to a 2009 study by the Centre for Waste Management – Abu Dhabi.

5,600 megatonnes of greenhouse gases are associated with producing food that is ultimately lost or wasted.

Source: World Resources Institute