Warsaw counteracts food waste

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Karolina Zdrodowska, Director & Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Social Dialogue, speaking at the conference organised by the Food Banks to celebrate the World Food Day

On the 16th October we celebrate World Food Day. On this occasion, the Federation of Polish Food Banks has prepared a report “Are Poles ready to save the earth?”. Its outcomes were the focus of discussions with representatives of the City and food companies at a conference in Warsaw.

A priority of the emerging food policy for the City of Warsaw are efforts to reduce food waste.

According to research, every fourth Pole has thrown away food in the last 7 days, so this is a regular practice. Wasting food is a huge waste of water and energy, as well as generating additional waste. This causes environmental damage and intensifies global climate changes. Particularly worrying is the fact that the modern consumer seems unaware of these problems. Therefore, Warsaw engages in a number of initiatives concerning non-waste of food, supports its redistribution projects and joins World Food Day celebrations every year, said Karolina Zdrodowska, Director & Coordinator of the City of Warsaw for Entrepreneurship and Social Dialogue, opening the conference and discussions.

World Food Day is a celebration established by the UN in 1979 to raise awareness of global food issues, including the struggle against hunger and malnutrition. This is the day when Food Banks remind about the problem and present the latest data on the scale of food waste across the country. This year's edition of the event organised by the Federation of Banks was an opportunity to present and discuss the report under the theme: “Are Poles ready to save the earth?”.

The document indicates that Poles are almost unanimous (94%) about the obligation to segregate waste - nine out of ten declare that they do it regularly. Virtually all respondents also claim that they know the rules of sorting waste, but unfortunately only 28% do it correctly. The obligation to collect rainwater at home is supported by 2/3 of the surveyed, and 59% of Poles would accept forbidding cars to enter city centres. Only 35% of the surveyed say that the state of the environment in Poland is good.

According to the survey results, it can be assessed that as a society we are mentally ready to change our habits and transform the space where we live into a more environmentally friendly one. We are committed to protecting the most precious things and taking greater care of our planet's non-renewable resources, said Beata Ciepła, President of the Board of the Federation of Polish Food Banks.

The battle against food waste is also a fight to save the Earth

Reducing food waste is one of the most effective methods of combating climate change available to all of us. Warsaw is implementing the “Green Vision for Warsaw” project, which aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. We analyse different areas of the city's operation – from energy and heating, through waste management, to street lighting and urban transport. The City will allocate a record amount of PLN 300 million for combatting smog in the years 2019-2022, emphasised Marta Widz from the Centre for Public Communication of the City of Warsaw during the panel discussion.

During the conference, issues related to the Act on counteracting food waste were also raised. The experts tried to summarise two years of the Act’s implementation and assess its tangible effects. A discussion was also held to outline the key changes in the amendment of the Act.