The response of large restaurant owners to the challenge of collecting 1,000 tonnes of food waste has exceeded the expectations and almost 1,300 tonnes have been collected, it was announced at the promotion of the Heading towards Better Food Waste Management in the Republic of Serbia project.
Director for Sustainable Development of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED), Slobodan Krstović, underlined the importance of that initiative for environmental protection, and added that around two million tonnes of organic waste are generated in Serbia every year, which is a great burden on landfills which have been set on fire 300 times lately, thus causing serious damage to the environment.
“We are extremely proud to have such a great response from restaurateurs and to have managed to implement this challenge, which we believe is a step in the right direction towards environmental protection,” he said.
The press release states that Serbia is above the world average in terms of the quantity of organic waste generated by households, and when you add to that quantity the leftovers from restaurants, student canteens, hospitals and similar institutions, we are talking about a huge quantity of waste which instead of becoming an environmental problem, could become a valuable resource.
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