Globally, tackling food waste management is an urgent challenge demanding innovative solutions. Urban areas contribute significantly, accounting for 50–60% of the colossal 1.3 billion tons of food wasted annually, leading to substantial economic losses and severe environmental and health risks like greenhouse gas emissions and soil degradation. City councils worldwide are taking proactive measures, implementing policies such as mandatory composting programs and waste segregation regulations, to drive change.
Despite challenges, transformative opportunities exist through government-led initiatives and sustainable practices. Integrating innovative technologies like composting and anaerobic digestion into comprehensive waste management solutions can divert organic waste from landfills, creating valuable resources. Public-private partnerships and community engagement are essential for mobilizing resources and fostering collaboration. Addressing global food waste requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders. Education, awareness campaigns, and policy interventions play crucial roles in promoting circularity and resource recovery. By working together, we can create a more sustainable and resilient urban future.

Our webinar, “Food Waste Management for Urban Areas – Resource Recovery & Circularity,”  discusses how to contribute to shaping global food waste management.


  • Brajesh Kr. Dubey

    Professor, IIT Kharagpur, India

    Prof Brajesh Kr. Dubey is presently Professor – Resource Recovery and Circular Engineering, Dept. ...
  • Ajay Kalamdhad

    Professor, IIT Guwahati

    Presently, Dr. Ajay Kalamdhad is working as a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indi...
  • Paramita Dey

    Head (Resources and Waste) and Program Lead,National Institute of Urban Affairs

    Paramita is a city planner with over 25 years of experience in urban development. She heads the Reso...
  • Yashas Bhand

    Chief Executive Officer & Whole time Director, Organic Recycling Systems

    Yashas Bhand is a second generation entrepreneur with a focus on technology, operations, and the soc...
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