Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ramadan, the fasting month of Muslims, promotes self-denial, but the City Council Mecca in Saudi Arabia complains that it is having to deal with the increasing amounts of food waste.

Council official Osama al-Zaytuni told the Arabic news site that Sanitary workers collected 5,000 tons of waste in the first 3 days of Ramadan that does not include 28,000 sheep slaughters . The Council of Macca, Islam's holiest city has  installed 45 compressors garbage near the Central Mosque and sent an extra 8,000 sweepers for the duration of the holiday to try to address the problem.

Food Wastage in Saudi Arabia


A study by the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia reports that Saudi Arabia qualifies as the biggest food waster, with 30% of the four million dishes prepared during Ramadan be discarded without eating at a cost of 1.2 million riyals Saudis (£ 187,000, $ 320,000).

Experts blame the practices of Ramadan to buy a large amount of food in advance, cooking fresh each day instead of using leftovers, and donating more products to the poor than the charities who can distribute it with their own network. The government has appealed to people to cook smaller meals, and is investing in a compost plant to absorb some of the waste.

Saudi Arabia is not alone in this. A Mid-eastern environmental group "EcoMena"  says 1/4th of the food prepared during Ramadan in Qatar is pulled, and Food Control Authority of Abu Dhabi has issued advice on how to reduce the amount that is wasted each day.

Macca city Council complains of excessive food wastage

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