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Results from the 2015 Global Waste Survey

In April, be Waste Wise conducted the 2015 Global Waste survey. The survey asked our community members to choose the waste topics they wanted to hear about. Readers chose from a long list of nuanced topics ranging from questions about food waste to education about preventing waste. The results showed some interesting trends and variations between what academics wanted to see discussed, to what industry professionals found more interesting—interest in certain topics even changed dramatically by region.

The topic that rated highest overall was on the “logistics of donating leftovers to reduce food waste”. Other highly rated topics were:

  • “solutions to upstream food waste in low and middle income countries”,
  • “community engagement and education for preventing waste”,
  • “new ways to improve recycling rates”,
  • and “community action when governments are incapable of collecting waste”

It’s interesting to see how these same topics fared when we broke down the results by sector and location. For example, while “logistics of donating leftovers to reduce food waste” was the highest rated topic overall, it didn’t even make the top 10 with academics and waste industry professionals. It was ranked second by the general public. Instead, academics wanted to hear most about other areas of interest:

  • “community engagement and education for preventing waste”,
  • “new ways to improve recycling rates”,
  • “is it possible to recycle everything”.

Industry professionals wanted to hear most about a mixture of topics:

  • “solutions to upstream food waste in low and middle income countries”,
  • “how many “R”s? 3, 4, or 5”,
  • “refuse derived fuel (RDF) and the export of ‘product’”.

Finally, the general public wanted to hear most about another set of topics:

  • “community engagement and education of preventing waste”,
  • “logistics of donating leftovers to reduce food waste”,
  • “getting citywide composting programs to work in a cosmopolitan”.

For more ratings, click the table below. If you want to find more information, please write to [email protected] with the subject “survey results”.

2015 Global Waste Survey Summary

A summary of the survey results for each group

We also broke down the results by region. Unfortunately, not enough data was collected from South Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa to show any real trends. Again, it was interesting to see the overall top-rated topic of “logistics of donating leftovers to reduce food waste” not appear on the top 10 choices for both North America and Europe and Central Asia. It was, however, tied for first place with Middle Eastern and North African responders.

Over the next year, be Waste Wise will use the data collected to host live webinars and interviews with experts in each area. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and our new LinkedIn group to find out when we’ll be discussing your favourite topics.

Author: Carine Abouseif

Survey analysis: Madhumitha Rajendran.

We’d like to thank all those who contributed to the topics list and provided feedback to the 2015 Global Waste Survey.

Thanks to the following contributors to topics: Adam Read, Ramy Salemdeeb, Jacquelyn Ottman, Craig D’Souza and the following people and many anonymous users who rated the topics: Saverio Massaro, Kathryn Santana, Barkha Vaish, Ramy Salemdeeb, Barbara Cowie, Ana Margarida Gomes, Maria Annel, Beguin, Chris Harmer, Karen Mason-Bennett, Emma Langham, Perinaz Bhada-Tata, Simon Hart, Jacquie Ottman, Adam Read, Fitzgerald Yaw, Piotr Barczak, Yasar Atacik, Monica Dykas, Ad Lansink, Victor Fernandez, Sarahjane Widdowson, Elizabeth Rice, Emily Coven, David Lerpiniere, Akhila Vijayaraghavan, Lameck Oyoo

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